CAPTAIN JOE KENT NARRATES THE HISTORY CHANNEL’S SERIES, ‘MISSISSIPPI MEN’
- Phil Sweetland
Radio contributor, The New York Times
Publisher and editor, Country Insider, Nashville
Country fans have already known Captain Joe Kent as a fine traditional country singer and sonwriter, but the beginning of 2015 finds him adding even more areas of media to his bag of creative tricks: his first book, the autobiographical Towboat Joe, by Deadly Writes Publishing. The book is a rare glimpse inside the largely secret world of towboats and life on the river in the 21st century. It’s fascinating, funny, always irresistible, and at times downright frightening. As Captain Kent writes of the Mississippi, “the river is my life,” and he captures that unique life unforgettably in its pages.
-Nashville Music Guide
Knowing nothing of tug boats or towboats, my only inclination of matters of the water was a short course in sailing, and Christopher Cross’s mesmerizing tune of the same name. But Captain Joe’s book is the perfect combination of story and music to glimpse into the incredible life of musician and towboat man. Captain Joe’s tales, music, and poems are best appreciated as his own true ongoing installments in the tale of his true adventures-maybe a soon to be released serial on YouTube? Captain Joe writes strong narratives that are drawn from an endless supply of anecdotes that typically involve water, women, whiskey, and the absurdities of life. This book is a marvel, unleashing the talent of a towboat philosopher and a man dedicated to his craft. Absolutely loved it!
-Cher Valentino Editor, Our USA Magazine
-Jimmy Miles, Southern Pride Band
-Captain Billy Smith, Towboat Extraordinaire
-Captain Bernie Pena, Towboat Extraordinaire and Jeopardy Champion