The crisp feel of fall is in the air. Baseball season is over for another year and the back yard barbeques have all been covered and put away.
Most folks in these parts are looking forward to a little time off for the holidays and time spent with loved ones around the dining room table.
Oh…and those damned birds have returned after another long, hot summer.
Ain’t No Law in California is a hard hitting post-apocalyptic western, where the bad guys are quick on the draw and the lawmen are even quicker.
Dan Bardwell and his young partner Franklin Curtis allow us to ride along as they traipse across the badlands of the great state of Sacramento in what was once known as California. Decades after a global nuclear war nearly destroys mankind, the two tin star lawmen are tasked with keeping law and order and will chase outlaws through both Hell and high water to get them. Often times they’ll operate in a gray area of the law just to get their man.
Cinnamon Girl begins as a father relates the surreal tale of his boat and how it came about the name, to his adult over a couple of beers. It’s a story that mom has never spoken of.
Going back to his youth, the father tells of a young woman and a summer spent in love. As that summer wore itself away, they drifted south into Mexico enjoying cocaine parties on the beach and the local hospitality. Each day, their plight got darker until the summer was over to leave them both spent from the long and trying ordeal.
Going Back to Dallas is the prohibition era tale of Calvin Leff returning to Dallas after being shot, to settle the score with a pair of whiskey men that have moved in killing his friend Elijah Corey along the way.
Over a shared cigarette, Leff is befriended by Charlie Porter, just released from the big-house. Ducking the rain under the corrugated tin roof of a Greyhound bus stop, Porter signs on to help the young man make things right.
Illegal gin-joints burn and blood spills as Leff and Porter even the score before climbing aboard a southbound freight for a ride home to Juarez.
Meet Me in Tulsa is a prohibition era tale, when hard men took on hard odds just to get ahead and make a dollar. Atlee Dodge and Elmer Johnson plan to rob the First National Bank of Missouri from behind bars with both Jefferson City and St Louis falling victim to the pair of hardboiled ex-convicts after their release. Dodge falls for the German accented Eva Dressler as he frequents an out of the way gin-joint, asking her to meet him in Tulsa where he and Johnson will divide their take and strike off in separate directions. Johnson doesn’t make it much farther than Springfield, but the dame is waiting at an Oklahoma bus stop. Dodge and Dressler drive west through the ill-fated night only to end up at the side of the road outside of Amarillo Texas as the sun rose in the eastern sky behind with the sound of the machine guns still ringing in their ears.
Walking to Babylon is a dark, gritty tale of two transplanted New Jersey boys who grow up together in the desert city of Las Vegas, busting balls for the old man. Sammy Soriano tells us the story as he walks away from a burning car where the body of his lifelong pal, Tommy Two-Guns Viglierchio had been left, along with those of three Mexican nationals that had tried to muscle in on the action. Viglierchio has been losing his battle with cancer for some time and Soriano knew it. There was nothing that he could do to help his friend other than be there for him.
Tuesdays Gone is the story of friendship that should last a lifetime and first love, baseball and motorcycles on country roads.
Told during the early 1970’s, we become familiar with the roadside settlement of Franklin where Sean Wilson’s parents buy a home along the county line. The new kid in school, Wilson, begins to reconsider his parent’s decision to relocate until a chance meeting with another new kid, at baseball tryouts one Saturday morning.
Along the way, the pair make friends with a couple of kids from just down the dusty lane, Frankie and Sarah Cooper and the four become almost inseparable until life begins to come at them like a runaway freight train.
Often times humorous, Tuesdays Gone is the tragic story of life as told by Sean Wilson.
If you were a poor kid or a country kid or better yet, a poor country kid growing up in the sixties or seventies, this story is for you. If not, sit back and try to imagine a time of bell-bottomed pants—that our mothers ironed creases into—disco music and a simpler life.