Evoking visceral images such as a fire-and-brimstone preacher ranting and a deep-voiced DJ spinning country music and reading the local news of fish fries, car wrecks, and church bake sales, this tale digs beneath the surface of the Southern Baptist Church, commercial radio, and small-town manhood. Seated next to each other on a bus headed out of Las Vegas, Southern Baptist preacher and radio evangelist, Ezekiel Blizzard Jr, and country-western DJ, Timber Goodman, would not initially appear to be birds of the same feather. Yet as their ride through the desert progresses, and their hardscrabble stories of childhood, drinking, drug use, gambling, radio, religion, and even violence in the 'Christ-haunted South' unfold, they discover their unusual mutual quests for redemption.
Joe Samuel 'Sam' Starnes has worked in newspapers and public relations in Athens, Milledgeville and Atlanta, Georgia; Bradenton, Florida; Houston, Texas; and New York and New Jersey. He lives in Verona, New Jersey and teaches writing at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. He was born in Anniston, Alabama and grew up in Cedartown, Georgia. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia in and an M.A. in English from Rutgers.