Rock band Toadies bassist signs book deal with Blue Handle Publishing
Donivan Blair writes a fictionalized account of his early years on the road with his brother, guitarist Rise Against Zach
—Charles D’Amico, President of Blue Handle Publishing
AMARILLO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Co-founder of cult rock legend Hagfish and current Toadies bassist Donivan Blair have signed a deal with Blue Handle Publishing to release his first novel.
Blair, who started Hagfish with his brother/Rise Against lead guitarist Zach, writes a fictional, fictitious account of the brothers sacrificing everything – including food, showers and permanent housing – to pursue rock music as a means to get out of their small town in Texas.
“This is such an exciting project,” said Blue Handle President Charles D’Amico. “We look forward to helping Doni show readers what it’s really like for budding artists and to inspire others to pursue their dreams, no matter the cost.”
The roman a clef is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2023.
The Blair Brothers grew up in the North Texas town of Sherman and moved to Dallas to play shows in the early 1990s, resulting in the band Hagfish. The band survived breakups and multiple labels en route to recording three studio albums and two EPs from 1993 to 1998. During this time, Blair and Hagfish toured internationally with some of the world’s most popular rock bands, including Everclear and The Offspring.
After the split from Hagfish Blair played in other bands including Only Crime before joining the Toadies in 2008. Over the past 25 years he has recorded 17 albums and continued to tour the world playing bass as a straight edge rock star.
In addition to his impressive musical credentials, Blair is an award-winning memoirist. His non-fiction book “Even if it Kills Me: Martial Arts, Rock and Roll, and Mortality” (YMAA Publications) won the silver medal at the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association for best memoirs or autobiographies.
When not touring, Blair lives in Amarillo, Texas.
About Blue Handle Publishing
Based in Amarillo, Blue Handle Publishing is a West Texas publishing company founded in 2020 by entrepreneur and author Charles D’Amico. Its mission is to empower authors while publishing incredible works of fiction and non-fiction. For more information, please visit BlueHandlePublishing.com.