Roger Wood and Andy Bradley, Wendy Hundere Parnell

If you like your literature with a bit of bass drum in it, head to Cactus Music & Record Ranch today for a double dose of music-inspired book events. At 11 a.m., Roger Wood and Andy Bradley will present House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, which documents the life and amazing musical output of the famed local studio, host to recording greats including George Jones, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Ray Benson, Lucinda Williams and BeyoncŽ. Wood, a writer and blues expert, paired up with Bradley, SugarHill's longtime chief sound engineer, to craft a tome that should appeal to both narrative and music nerds. During the afternoon, 2 p.m. marks the arrival of children's book writer Wendy Hundere Parnell, author of the delectably named Musta Notta Gotta Lotta Sleep Last Night, about a sleep-deprived boy named Buddy Brown. In its 32 colorfully illustrated pages, there are over two dozen references to the honky-tonkyish music of Joe Ely. This is one way to ensure that your little one doesn’t grow up to be a Ke$ha fan. 2110 Portsmouth. For information, call 713-526-9272 or visit www.cactusmusictx.com. Free.
Sat., Dec. 18, 2010

 
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