Monday, December 10, 2018

Jan Sikes

Jan Sikes

Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, weaves stories in a creative and entertaining way. She has been called a magician and wordsmith extraordinaire by her readers and peers.

Most recently, Jan self-published a series of four books that have been called biographies with a musical twist. They chronicle the life a Texas musician who was a pioneer in the Outlaw Music movement before it ever had a name. She also released a music CD of original songs which match the time period of each story.

Her newest release is a unique book of poetry and art.

Jan writes songs, poetry, short stories, screenplays and novels. She resides in North Texas and sits on the board of directors for the Texas Authors Institute of History.

 

Forty Foot High Full CD

Forty Foot High Full CD

Country, Forty Foot High, Country , Artist/Performer,

This CD tells the story of one man's inner struggle to exist behind prison walls. The title song, “Forty Foot High”, depicts the intensity of Rick Sikes emotional journey. It was written by Rick during his incarceration and found l most five years after his passing. The lyrics had so music and Jamie Richards graciously agreed to create the music and record the song.

The remaining songs were recorded within the walls of Leavenworth Penitentiary, Rick Sikes specifically wrote “From The Bottle To The Needle” and performed it privately for the warden in an effort to obtain permission to build a recording studio. Permission was granted, with no funding. Convicts, being very resourceful, gathered and used bits and pieces of broken and discarded electronics to build a crude mixing board and two track recorder. They spent countless hours gluing empty egg cartons on the concrete walls. Discarded carpeting and heavy curtains made sound buffers. Add detailed artwork and a studio was born. Later on, through the efforts of Steam Train Maury Breham )King of the Hobos and personal friend of Rick Sikes), a truckload of scratched and dented equipment, including a four track recorder, arrived as a donation from Peavy Corporation.

You won't hear Rick Sikes' rich baritone voice on every song, as he was the only one who knew how to run the recording equipment. Even though he wrote every son, Thomas “Red” Jenkins sang most of them. As far as it is known, this was the only recording studio ever built inside a prison.

This is a piece of American history preserved in song!

 

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Convict and the Rose, The

Convict and the Rose, The

Fiction, 2015 TAA Best Books, Biography Fiction.

Luke Stone, a rebel Texas musician, locked behind the forty foot walls and iron bars of Leavenworth Penitentiary, struggles with hate, anger and bitterness. Can he survive the negativity and inch his way back to freedom and the woman he loves?

Darlina Flowers, lost and alone without the man who holds her heart, attempts to go on living. Will she wait for Luke, or turn her back and forget him?

This is a journey of two people facing struggles of epic proportion from shackles and chains to drugs and gurus with their enduring love being the one constant, their North Star.

 

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Rick Sikes & The Rhythm Rebels Early Recordings Full CD

Rick Sikes & The Rhythm Rebels Early Recordings Full CD

Country, Early Recordings.

Rick Sikes and The Rhythm Rebels traveled the roads of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California, playing their own brand of music. It was the early beginning of "outlaw" music. On these 45 rpm records from the 1960's, you will hear the smooth voice of Rick Sikes singing his ballads. In contrast, his brother, Bobby Sikes (Track 10), takes you back to the birth of rockabilly music. A song penned by Rick Sikes and sung by Mark Scott (Track 9) depicts the hopelessness of a convict on death row. "Den of Sins" (Track 3) was a #1 hit in Denmark while "Valley of Tears" (Track 2) charted in California. It was a time when Texas honky-tonk music ruled. For more Rick Sikes' music and history, visit his website at www.RickSikes.com

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Flowers and Stone

Flowers and Stone

Fiction, Women, Biography Fiction.

From the Texas honky-tonks in 1970, comes a love story so passionate that you feel the heat!

Nothing could have prepared Darlina Flowers for the reckless Texas rogue musician, Luke Stone, to come stampeding into her life like a team of wild horses. Their love ignited into an ever burning flame, enduring a cruel twist of fate and injustice. A compelling true story based on the lives of Rick and Jan Sikes.

 

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