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In Better Days (1949)

FENDER TUCKER (1947-)

Born in Thibodaux LA and raised in Farmington NM, Fender Tucker managed -- with the aid of psychoactive herbs and LSD -- to cast off all of society's historical baggage by the time he was 21. He picked up the guitar in high school and, surviving a three-year stint in the army (1967-1969), was able to spend all of his nights in sleazy bars until he succumbed to the inevitable day job in 1987, moving to Shreveport LA to take over the editorial reins of LOADSTAR, a disk magazine for the Commodore 64 computer. He kept the magazine going long past its natural lifespan until the year 2000 when he discovered Harry Stephen Keeler and started Ramble House with the help of Jim Weiler. During his 25 years as guitar picker he wrote about 100 songs, maybe some of them commercially viable. And during his 15 years as editor he found the time and motivation to write some fiction. Now he reads all the books he's collected over the decades, maintains a 180 average in his bowling game, and lives a life of abject leisure in the backwoods of Mississippi. 

So anytime you feel like kickin' back and listen to some screened-in porch music, check out the Jookbox. 

TOTAH SIX-PACK

All six of the stories about Farmington NM.

THE COMPLEAT CALHOON

Look upon all of Fender Tucker's literary works and despair!

THE KNEES CALHOON JOOKBOX

Quick MP3s of all of the original and cover songs he recorded.

KNEES CALHOON'S MIDNIGHT RAMBLE

The stories behind all the songs.

THE TORQUES

A Night at the Boys Club - Knees Calhoon's first band (1962-1965).

KNEES CALHOON Band

A Night at the Roswell Rodeway Inn 2-28-74.

THE MIGHTY CALHOON BROTHERS

Knees Calhoon's last band (1975-1987).

KNEES CALHOON'S VIDEOS

Knees expands into visual media -- and doesn't particularly like it.

LOADSTAR COMPLEAT

Every issue of LOADSTAR from #1 to #199 -- and a lot more!