As part of our Second Annual Blackbird Friends & Family Holiday Shopping Night tomorrow, we are so lucky to have author Kurt B. Reighley (a.k.a. DJ El Toro from KEXP) signing copies of his book United States of Americana at The Field House from 4pm to 8pm.

Come one! Come all!  Shake hands with Kurt and check out the Clothing chapter of his book where he mentions The Field House and its inspiration Grandma Mable, plus so much more about hand made goods and an the olde-time American ways.

The Field House
Sunday, November 21st
4pm - 8pm

Press Release:

Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, and Handmade Bitters:
A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement

By Kurt B. Reighley

Whether they are brewing their own beer, knitting their own clothes, or raising chickens in their yards, droves of young Americans are turning away from the stress and accelerated pace of the modern world and moving towards the simpler and more fulfilling culture of a new American Roots Movement.

But what does returning to our American heritage entail? Where do we even start? In UNITED STATES OF AMERICANA: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, and Handmade Bitters: A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement (Harper Paperbacks; Trade Paperback Original; On-sale: September 2010; $14.99), Kurt B. Reighley gives us the first comprehensive guide to the music, food, cocktails, grooming, fashion, and crafts that populate this new old-fashioned world.

Featuring barbers who instruct men to try their (shaky) hand at shaving with a straight razor; high-end leather goods manufacturers that outsource to the Amish rather than India; DJs who rely on wax cylinders instead of iTunes; restaurants with wild boar on the menu and on the walls; and durable clothes worn by 1900s Alaskan miners being reinterpreted for the runways of Paris and Milan—UNITED STATES OF AMERICANA is a seamless blend of contemporary culture, historical background, how-to spirit, and illustrations that demonstrates the vibrancy and vitality of this new American Roots Movement.

About the Author: Kurt B. Reighley is a Seattle-based writer, DJ, and entertainer. He was a contributing editor to No Depression, and his work currently appears on He has also written for Rolling Stone, Details, The Stranger, and The Advocate, and is the author of Marilyn Manson and Looking for the Perfect Beat: The Art & Culture of the DJ. He can be heard weekly on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and