Booker Prize-winning author James Kelman’s new novel Dirt Road goes on sale today, and to celebrate, we’re blasting music all through the office. It’s the final book of Catapult’s Spring/Summer season, and it’s a knockout. Following sixteen-year-old Murdo, a “21st-century, Scottish, working-class, Leopold Bloomian Holden Caulfield” ( Boston Globe ), Dirt Road is a powerful novel about the strength of family ties, the consolation of music, and one unforgettable journey from darkness to light.
We’re deeply proud to have Kelman and this new book on our list. And with three starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews , Publishers Weekly , and Booklist , we’re not the only ones enamored with it.
Drawing on Kelman’s expertise, one of our fabulous interns created a special playlist to honor the music of Dirt Road . You can listen to it on Spotify or check it out on your own with the tracklist below. Happy reading, and happy listening!
“Last Dance Waltz” by Boozoo Chavis
“Paradise” by John Prine
“The Fate of Talmedge Osborn” by Ernest V. Stoneman
“Whistling Song” by James Bryan & Carl Jones
“The Bluebell Polka” by Jimmy Shand
“Je me suis marillie” by The Balfa Brothers
“Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio” by Flaco Jimenez
“Hasta La Vista” by Flaco Jiminez
“Tus Mentiras” by Texas Tornados
“Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone (Instrumental)” by Texas Tornados, Freddy Fender
“El Pescador” by Los Super Seven
“Creole Farmer’s Stomp” by Creole Zydeco Stomp
“Fighting ‘59’” by Mary Hibbs
“Mary of the Wild Moor” by Harry Hibbs
“Heliotrope Bouquet” by Jim McLennan
“I’m Coming Home (To See My Mother)” by Clifton Chenier
“Shake Em Up Baby” by Clifton Chenier
“As I Went out A’ Walkin’” by Dirk Powell
“Prettiest Little Girl in The Country” by Dirk Powell
“Oh! What Can I Do” by Queen Ida
“Louisiana” by Queen Isa
“Went to the Dance Last Night” by Preston Frank
“La Muerta” by Santiago Jimenez, Jr.
“Margarita Margarita” by Santiago Jimenez, Jr.
“Danse de Mardi Gras” by The Balfa Freres