Mike Blakely, novelist/musician/songwriter will perform at Wharton’s most unique dining/live entertainment venue, The Java Jam, Friday, Dec 11, 6-9 PM, Milam Street Coffee Shop, Wharton, Texas. Open to the public, the process is simple: Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person (except kids are free) for the honor system cover charge. The food is always great and guests may bring their own wine. This month is special for two reasons, because Java Jam comes earlier than usual and the second set will consist of lots of sing-a-long Christmas songs for the audience to be a big part of the show.
Recently when a major publisher began looking for a novelist to team up with international entertainment icon, Kenny Rogers, they came straight to Mike Blakely, who had previously co-written the novel “A Tale out of Luck” with Willie Nelson. Blakely and Rogers have now released their co-written novel “What are the Chances?” a mystery novel about, what else, the gambler alluded to in Kenny’s block buster hit record “The Gambler.” Copies of the book will be available at the Java Jam for signing after the show as well as CD’s of Mike’s original music.
Blakely, who was reared in Wharton, a graduate of Wharton High, Wharton County Junior College and the University of Texas, continues to leave his creative footprints across the landscapes of Texas, the U.S., and the world, as the author of 20 books and a performing songwriter with seven CD's to his credit. His talents take him to annual concert tours of Europe and the U.S.
As a novelist, Mike has enjoyed national distribution, with his books selling in Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Borders, Walmart and independent bookstores everywhere. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel, 2001, “Summer of Pearls,” given annually by Western Writers of America. To quote famed western novelist, Elmer Kelton, “Besides being a fine spinner of tales, Mike Blakely is a poet and musician at heart, which makes his narrative sing and his unusual characters dance their way through the epic story of a changing west.”
Blakely has written, in addition to novels, over 500 songs which have caught the attention of artists such as Grammy-winner Flaco Jimenez, Raul Malo (of The Mavericks), Gary P. Nunn, Larry Joe Taylor, Johnny Rodriquez and many others. One of his songs, from his own CD, “Last Comanche Moon” was the number one requested tune for over sixteen weeks over the Americana radio network in America and, of all places, the top English language station in France. The latest big news is that one of Mike’s songs, the bi-lingual “Seguro Que Hell Yes” will be released soon by Alan Jackson on his new album.
Mike Blakely's dual career as a novelist and performing songwriter makes him uniquely qualified for an appearance at venues around the world. Java Jam attendees can expect a sensory filled hour of entertainment from a rare talent, a prolific writer, and an established veteran of the American and European entertainment industry in print, over the airways and on stage. And as usual he’ll hang around for a Christmas Time Song Jam with the Java Jam Band and THE AUDIENCE in the second set.