Atlanta Stories Available August 1

Coming soon! Atlanta Stories: Fables of the New South. Eight stories about people coming to Atlanta to reinvent themselves. Stories include: Mockingbird  Journey From Night A Debt to Pay Dead Man's Hat Remains  Bare-Assed Messiah  Atomic Punk Phoenix  Release date: August 1. Available at online bookstores and direct from the author. 

Mockingbird, Brian

Brian Sanger sits in the Starbucks at 1776 Peachtree Street, halfway through a venti, black, dark-roast, Ethiopian coffee, and an almond scone, and looks over a piece of music he's composing. He typically prefers Caribou to Starbucks, but has no car, since his was totaled in an accident early the previous year, and doesn't live … Continue reading Mockingbird, Brian

The Cheese Toast Project Now Available!

My collection of essays, The Cheese Toast Project (ISBN: 978-0-9848913-4-4), is now available in print at online booksellers, and in print and Kindle versions at The essays are about family, writing, music, drama, religion, politics, and history. Early drafts appeared on my blog, Raised by Wolves and have since been revised and expanded.  

Coat of Arms, Ambrose Lupo and Sons

This is a graphic representation of the coat of arms issued to Ambrose Lupo (posthumously) and his sons, Peter and Joseph. Numerous copies are floating around the Internet, mistakenly identified as the Lupo family coat of arms, many with no attribution and some with erroneous information about how it originated. Here's the actual story. The … Continue reading Coat of Arms, Ambrose Lupo and Sons

The First Lupos in America 1610-1670

The story of the Lupo family in North America began with the earliest settlers in Virginia and was led by two sons of royal musician Peter Lupo. His marriage to Katherine Wicker is recorded in the parish of St. Botolph's without Aldgate 27 October 1575. It was preceded within a month by the christening of … Continue reading The First Lupos in America 1610-1670

Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist from Mali, in West Africa, played Terminal West in Atlanta on 22 April. I had the good fortune to see his father, Ali Farka Toure play at the Variety Playhouse in 1999 or 2000, so I was pleased to be able to see Vieux play this year. Like his father … Continue reading Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015

My friend, Alyse Black was in town Tuesday, 14 April and performed at the Academy Theatre in Hapeville, GA. I met Alyse in 2008 when she performed at the Five Spot in Little Five Points, and have been following her career ever since. She's a great singer and songwriter, and her live shows are always … Continue reading Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015