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Drive All Night is getting great press

GCLSFinalistSeal-1x1-300dpiMy memoir, Drive All Night, tells the true story of a folksinger on tour, from taking off my shirt for Amy Ray to learning about bunny boots in Alaska. Want a sample chapter? Read it here. Buy it from Bella Books, your favorite indie bookstore or at one of my concerts.


It’s getting some wonderful press! The Advocate calls it a “must read.” I was on the front page of the Durham Herald in July 2014. In June, it was featured in the Independent of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC; I talk about the f-word and admit I can play punk. Award-winning lesbian playwright Carolyn Cage called me a bad ass in her review. Ottawa’s Xtra had some fun things to say about me and the book, too. The Windy City Times in Chicago published something in June.  (Please note, though, that I haven’t toured with everyone they say I have.  I do, however, talk about some of them in my book.) On Amazon, readers have said the book is “a joy to read” (Alicia S) and “(it) has a lot going for it” (S. Shelton).

Well, isn’t that enough? Don’t you need to buy it now? Zoom over to Bella Books, your favorite indie bookstore or one of my concerts. There’s a tour schedule here.



Sample chapter from Drive All Night

I wish I could think of a snappy title for this post but it’s before noon and I need more espresso. At any rate, I thought you’d like to read a chapter from my book. Then you’ll run out and buy it. Or at least check it out from your very hip library, then recommend the book to fifty of your closest friends who will buy the book. Or go to their very own hip library … you get the picture. If you want to order it, you can get it from Bella Books or from a host of cool indie bookstores.

It’s getting some wonderful press, too, from the front page of the Durham Herald to an entertaining review from lesbian playwright Carolyn Cage. She calls me a bad ass. 

Enough blabbing, here’s the chapter. Enjoy!


Continue reading Sample chapter from Drive All Night

Drive All Night

A piece of lesbian history from the “girl with a guitar” who truly sang for her supper. Jamie brings the road to you in color and out loud. –Suzanne Westenhoefer


I wrote a memoir. I’m not Lady Gaga so maybe you don’t care. Or maybe you want a funny and insightful book that tells the real story of what it’s like to be a touring musician, from taking off my shirt for Amy Ray to sharing housing with a pig. A real one. I also recount the vagaries of gigs, like the time Jesus appeared or the concert where my opening act read poetry about bodily functions. There’s also the good stuff like when I had to tour in Hawaii (I know, you feel sorry for me) and when Melissa Etheridge came to my gig. Okay, I was opening for Kate Clinton. Can I pretend it was my gig?

Drive All Night is available directly from Bella Books as well as a plethora of bookstores and online sites. Don’t believe me? Google it. You can even get it from Walmart.

Here’s some of the other cool stuff people are saying about my book:

An extraordinary glimpse into the life of a touring musician. — Nancy Manahan, author/editor, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

Jamie’s as endlessly funny an entertainer on the page as on the stage. — Lee Lynch, author, The Swashbuckler and many more

She leads with her sense of humor and heart … — Lisa Koch, musician-comic -actor and frequent Olivia entertainer

A sample chapter is here.


Some blah blah about me:

Jamie Anderson has worn out three pick-up trucks since 1987, seen forty-seven of fifty states, immigrated to Canada, and consumed countless cases of M&M’s while bringing her brand of confused folk music to venues around the world. The award winning composer and musician taught herself guitar by memorizing chords in a Mel Bay song book. She now teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele and songwriting in her studio and for schools—including Duke University. A native of Arizona, she lives in Ottawa.

What book would be complete without a soundtrack? Here’s a cartoon featuring my song “Drive All Night”:


And finally, a video that has nothing to do with the book, just so you have something funny featuring me to email your friends: