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Long Gone Daddies

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
“A book full of wild music and generous imagining. Read it slowly. You’ll love it.”
—Richard Bausch, author of Something Is Out There and winner of the PEN/Malamud Award

All his life, Luther Gaunt has heard songs in his head—songs of sweet evil and blue ruckus, odes to ghosts, drinking hymns. In search of his past, he hits the road with his band, the Long Gone Daddies, and h

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by John F. Blair, Publisher (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 01, 2013 Andria rated it it was amazing
As close to folding Memphis up inside the pages of a novel as I've ever seen. Beautiful language, even when it's ugly. Read this book, y'all.
Jan 29, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a story about Luther Gaunt, John Gaunt, and Malcolm Gaunt, three generations who all played the same guitar, Cassie. Luther is on a journey that his father, and his grandfather took many years ago. He searches for the truth, on what actually happened to his grandfather, and why he never made it to Sun Records to cut his own record, they say he could have been the next greatest thing. Luther's father also was lost down south. As Luther goes through his own journey of shows with the Long G ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a great story with fine language and depth. This novel follows three generations of musicians who all shared the same guitar. The grandson and main character, Luther Gaunt, is on his way to Memphis with his band, the Long Gone Daddies, when they pick up a dangerous and attractive woman named Delia, who wants something from Luther - something Luther is not sure he wants to give, but he may not have a choice. The story of each of the Gaunt men int ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, music
Long Gone Daddies is a book dripping with the blues. Luther Gaunt has blues in his blood and songs in his head. I loved the descriptions of the music and the people who made it. Reading this and feeling the love that Williams has for the blues makes me want to hear all the the songs and singers he mentions; Johnny Cash, Furry Lewis, Howlin' Wolf, Charley Patton - the list goes on and on.
Mar 02, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book to read! I was fascinated by the story of the three generations of the Gaunt men and the power that music, especially the guitar named Cassie, had over them. Most of the story took place in Memphis, and it was fun to read about places I've been and people I know. If you love music, you need to read this book!
Mar 31, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-first-reads
This was a great book! The book is able to be read quickly, however, once may not be enough! I was pulled in quickly and stayed hooked start to finish. The characters are greatly developed and easy to connect with. I recommend!

I received this book through Goodreads first read!
Jan 24, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads2013
Long Gone Daddies by David Wesley Williams is an excellent book. I love the characters in the book. They are like real people that I know. I received a book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Harry Annan
May 10, 2013 Harry Annan rated it it was amazing
Brilliant writing......poetic, thoughtful, funny & filled with the music of the blues, rockabilly, country & rock and roll.....a hymn to Memphis.
Apr 06, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Lyrical prose, a charming protagonist, a tangled family story. David Wesley Williams weaves a winning story.
For those of us (like me) who *LOVE* to read, we yearn to find the great books hidden within the mountains of good books. These great finds, these new favorites, have all had something different that's special about them. Something that elevates them. In this particular case, David Wesley Williams gives us a novel that's a blues song and dessert all wrapped up into one. Long Gone Daddies is both the name of the book, and the name of Luther's struggling blues band. He is bound and determined to ...more
Blair Publisher
Mar 13, 2013 Blair Publisher rated it it was amazing
“All kinds of histories have been written about the music and lore of Memphis, Sun Records, and Elvis Presley. Then there’s Long Gone Daddies, a work of fiction that gets to core truths mere facts can’t convey—namely, what it is about the sound that leads a grown man to spend his life chasing it down blind alleys and back roads into countless smoky bars, juke joints, and recording studios. Guitar wrangler Luther Gaunt and his band of beautiful losers pursue their musical dreams with “a righteous ...more
May 13, 2015 Jesseporker rated it really liked it
Long Gone Daddies is a story of a man, his guitar, and the family lore that haunts and threatens to ruin his future. Luther Gaunt has grown up on tales of his father and grandfather, die hard musicians who left their wives and children in search of something more. That something came in the shape of a guitar—a 1930s Cassandra Special Rider—an instrument that conveys songs to the men and made them dig to get to the music that mattered.

The story follows Luther as he and his band drive to Memphis
Oct 05, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-authors
"Long Gone Daddies" reads like a soulful blues melody. I loved this debut novel from David Wesley Williams. It's a fiction "must read" for anyone who's a fan of Memphis music and Delta blues. The journey of the protagonist, Luther Gaunt, is told in a descriptive, lyrical prose style that is simply beautiful to read. This Memphian author highlights the depth of his musical knowledge as he weaves bits of music reality into this work of fiction effectively. The connection of the guitar, Cassie, as ...more
Kevin Ryan
Jul 19, 2013 Kevin Ryan rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, I really enjoyed this one solely for the story.

There were a few flaws in the writing, regarding characters and such, but I loved the story.

Probably because I can relate to it on a number of levels. One level, for those who know me, is the obvious musician story. There's a few other things that go on in this book that struck home also.

Anyway, if you want to read a good musician narrative, read this one. If you can forgive a few technical flaws and want to read a Romantic (capita
Tracy Collins
Sep 23, 2013 Tracy Collins rated it it was amazing
There are so many love stories that permeate this beautifully written novel, but none more powerful than the love the author has for his Memphis, and its place in the pantheon of America's rich musical history. I found myself playing a soundtrack to the book based on his musical references, which made the trip through the book even more enjoyable. Amid the grittiness of Memphis (and Scranton) -- captured so vividly with turns of phrases that will make you marvel -- the author finds a kind of bea ...more
Kellie Ramsey
Apr 21, 2013 Kellie Ramsey rated it did not like it
I Loved the title of this book. I Loved the book jacket . I wa sorely disappointed by the content if the book. The characters rambled and were disjointed . I'm sure that may have been a " stylistic" thing but it just wasn't working . The best two chapters were the ones focused on grand father Gaunt the almost Elvis. Those chapters were well done. All else left me confused & yearning for the clarity of those two afore mentioned chapters
Susan Tekulve
Jul 04, 2013 Susan Tekulve rated it it was amazing
I went to the library to pick up some Virginia Woolf, and I came home with this wild road novel. It is about a rag tag blues band taking a circuitous route to Memphis, and it reads just like a rambling blues tune, a road trip with stops in all the right, remote places. I smiled the whole time I read this book. It's that fun, and beautifully executed. I love it when I stumble upon a book to love.
May 10, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it
Really wanted to like this one — I was rooting hard for it, and kept reading to the end. It's not terrible, and if you don't already know a lot about the Memphis sound, you might learn something. But in the end I thought it was just okay, a self-referential and overly romanticized hymn to Memphis and its music. I could have saved some time and listened to the Drive-By Truckers' "Carl Perkins Cadillac" on repeat instead.
Apr 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I received this book for free through goodreads' First Reads program.

Long Gone Daddies is a good story. It took me two tries to get into it, but once I got past the first few chapters, I read the whole thing through.

The characters are fully formed, and the events are brought to life by Wililams.
Don Paske
Aug 19, 2013 Don Paske rated it liked it
Whew! I picked this book up on a whim. I'd like to rate it 3 1/2 stars. It is a good story, just written in a completely different style than I like or am comfortable with, for that matter... This is a rambling story about a rambling man and the history of his family, Long Gone Daddies, the name of his band and a description of his father and grandfather.
Morgan James
Sep 19, 2014 Morgan James rated it it was amazing
What can be said after you sigh, amazing? Williams lyrical prose sings in your mind. Never overly constructed. Luther Gaunt's words as he tells his tale are believable, heartbreaking, and finally reaffirming.
Nancy Hartney
Odd tale rich with musical jargon and prose. Worth the read for those loving guitars, smokey bars, and late nights drifting into early morning.
Sep 12, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was ok
This was a fun book but really didn't have much to say.
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A thirty-year newspaperman and native Kentuckian, David Wesley Williams is currently the sports editor at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. His fiction has been published by Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, The Pinch, The Common, and Night Train. Williams was chosen for Richard Bausch’s Moss Workshop in Fiction at the University of Memphis in 2003, and he attended the Sewanee Writers’ Confere ...more
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