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Thomas O'Keefe: Waiting to Derail 

When: Mon., July 23, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: free

What is it about Whiskeytown that still commands attention nearly two decades after the quintessential Raleigh alt-country band's breakup? Author Thomas O'Keefe might have some ideas on the topic when he turns up in the band's hometown to tell some stories from his new book (with Joe Oestreich), Waiting to Derail, which chronicles O'Keefe's 1997–2000 stint as Whiskeytown's tour manager. If anybody's likely to have the inside scoop on the ups and downs that Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary, and the rest of the troupe experienced while they were out there blazing a trail for hordes of Americana acts to follow, it's O'Keefe. Coming on board right around the time of Strangers Almanac's release and helping the band fulfill its destiny, at least for a while, the author had a front row seat for the heaviest part of Whiskeytown's history, and he isn't shy about sharing it. —Jim Allen



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