There's an entire industry built on turning stories into songs, so why not let the process play out in reverse once in a while? We might even catch some disturbing subliminal messages. The new fiction collection Amplified is built on the assumption that a good, interesting songwriter can also write a good, interesting short story. The book's editors handpicked 16 musicians--most of them from the world of irreverent, left-of-center roots music rather than, say, Jimmy Buffett--to test the theory. There are short stories from the likes of Old 97's Rhett Miller, Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family, Jim White, Mary Gauthier, David Olney, Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford and Maria McKee (McKee's apparently starts off with a mystical experience involving Johnny Cash's trousers). Olney, Gauthier, Fulks and Langford are marking the book's release with a signing and a songwriter's round. Next stop, VH1 Storytellers. 7 p.m. at Davis-Kidd; 9 p.m. at Bluebird Cafe.
Tue., May 5, 7 p.m., 2009