Thomas Cobb wrote his debut novel in 1987, but it didn’t receive much attention until director Scott Cooper acquired the movies rights to the story. And as they say, the rest is history.
The story, which is said to be based on the life of Hank Thompson, follows a washed-up old country singer, Bad Blake, as he struggles to keep a semblance of a singing career going even as he is going downhill at a rapid rate. He’s 57 years old, a raging alcoholic, and playing in dive bars and bowling alleys across the West. But it hadn’t always been that way for Bad Blake.
He was once one of the big-shots of country music, playing the drinking and cheating songs once so popular with his audiences. He started out as a sideman, and worked his way up to becoming a headliner, and in turn, he gave a young upstart guitar player named Tommy Sweet a chance in his band. Now Tommy was the headliner and Bad is just getting by the best he can.
But life has a way of swinging in Bad’s favor and he meets an attractive reporter, Jean Craddock, in Santa Fe and thinks maybe he’ll give love and family life another shot. After all, the fifth time might be the charm. His career begins to look up as well when Tommy gives Bad an opening slot on his tour for one night, and the two agree to try to work together on some more songs.
This book is from my personal collection.