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Cover of the book The Ballad of Robert Ealey and his Five Careless Lovers ; an oral history as told by Freddie Cisneros, Sumter Bruton, Mike Buck, and Jackie Newhouse; author Joe Nick Patoski

The Ballad of Robert Ealey and His Five Careless Lovers: An Oral History

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by Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick is a Fort Worth native, and a well recognized authority on Texas music.  This is an incredible journey down memory lane for many and a glimpse into a rare time and place for others. 

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From the author:

This is the story of the band who wised me up to what music is really all about – Robert Ealey and His Five Careless Lovers of Fort Worth, Texas.

This 50 page oral history began in January 2020 with a long conversation with Sumter Bruton III and continued with interviews with Mike Buck, Jackie Newhouse and Freddie Cisneros. Their origin stories together answered many questions I’ve had for almost a half century. That which wasn’t answered retreated behind the veil of mojo and mystery, as tends to happen when you’re dealing with honest blues.

Nancy McMillen Design made all the words look real nice.