When the best blues harp customizer in Texas rushes up the steps of the First Christian Church, he finds the doors have been chained shut. A massive explosion sends him to a Houston hospital where he is charged with the murder of the entire congregation—including his wife and daughter.
Enter Mitty Andersen, ex-investigative reporter turned blues musician, who was talking to him about a new harmonica order just before the church blew up. Sensing that an innocent man is being railroaded by an overzealous lawman, Mitty once again teams up with his “partner in chime,” Pete Bolden, to find out who’s really behind a string of church bombings.
In their quest for justice, the duo form an uneasy alliance with two ATF agents and soon find themselves in the crosshairs of a secret anti-Christian paramilitary organization known as S.O.S.—the Soldiers of Satan. Can Mitty and Pete dodge the wrath and bullets of the S.O.S. operatives sent to take them out long enough to stop the next bombing?
This thrilling sequel to River Bottom Blues lives up to the first book and leaves you hoping for another one!
Ricky Bush has provided this chapter-by-chapter playlist to go along with reading The Devil’s Blues. Just click on each song title to hear the song at YouTube.
|2||She Moves Me||Muddy Waters|
|4||Early in the Morning (’bout the Break of Day)||Sonny Boy Williamson II|
|10||Bring it on Home||Sonny Boy Williamson II|
|Precious Lord Take My Hand||Thomas Dorsey with Mahalia Jackson|
|A Change is Gonna Come||Sam Cooke with Otis Redding|
|I Shall be Released||Bob Dylan|
|15||Off the Wall||Little Walter|
|Fields of Gold||Eva Cassidy|
|Born Under a Bad Sign||Albert King|
|Baby Please Don’t Go||Big Joe Williams|
|21||Death Letter Blues||Eddie “Son” House|
|23||The Creeper||James Cotton|
|Roller Coaster||Little Walter|
|25||Walter’s Boogie||Big Walter Horton|
|26||Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid||Eddie C. Campbell|
|Blue Christmas||Elvis Presley|
|Who’s Been Talking||Howlin’ Wolf|
|She Moves Me||Muddy Waters|
|29||Laundromat Blues||Albert King|
|31||The Creeper Returns||Little Sonny|
|38||Spirit in the Sky||Norman Greenbaum|
|Sympathy for the Devil||Rolling Stones|
|39||Rollin’ & Tumblin’||Muddy Waters|
|40||Crosscut Saw Blues||Tommy McClennan|
“An old-fashioned romp through the Texas countryside pitting good against evil. Evil masquerades in black & white, but good is found in bluesmen Mitty Andersen and Pete Bolden—for whom friendship is golden. If you’re a blues fan, you’ll love how the musical references are interwoven in the story. If you’re not, you’ll get enough blues in your blood by osmosis to change your mind.” — James M. Jackson, author, Bad Policy
“Blues and crime make pitch-perfect partners once again thanks to the talented pen of Ricky Bush. Turn the lights down low, put on some blues even lower, and lose yourself in The Devil’s Blues.” —P.S. Gifford, author, Curiously Twisted Tales