Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fort Canoga Press On The Road This Saturday, December 2nd

Hello all-

I'll be at Rosedale Plantation this Saturday, December 2nd from 11:30am to 4pm, selling books, prints and other great holiday gift ideas. All FCP books will be available. Any requests for photos? The request line is open. Hope to see you there.
November 29, 2017 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Young Ages Final Show Reminder For This Saturday

Hello all-

Just a reminder that The Young Ages will be playing their final show at the Charles Mack Auditorium in Mooresville, NC at 8pm on Saturday, November 18th. I hope to see you there,
November 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jan Crane Barley Book Talk Is Tonight!

Hello all-

Our own Fort Canoga Press book author Jan Crane Barley will be at the Waterville Public Library in Waterville, Ohio tonight, October 11, at 6:30pm. Please come by, say hello, and enjoy this talk about Jan's travels throughout the United Kingdom.
October 11, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Double Door Inn Anniversary Reunion Show, December 17, 2017

For over 43 years, the Double Door Inn was more than an old house on Charlottetowne Avenue. It was recognized as one of the oldest blues music venues in the United States, bringing in musicians of all genres to Charlotte, NC. It was the place that you went to hang out on Friday afternoon, or Saturday night. To meet old friends, and make new ones. What had once been the house built by the Wearn family, one of the prominent families in Charlotte during the early 20th centuries, become the home of the Charlotte music scene, and the place where owner Nick Karres oversaw countless nights of music and memories.

While we cannot bring it back, this show is a homecoming for the many that had the Double Door Inn pass through them, just as much as we passed through it. On the week that the venue would have celebrated its 44th anniversary, we bring together some of the musicians that made the Double Door their home. Lenny Federal Band, Crisis, and Woody Mitchell & Loafers Glory. We also will screen Live From The Double Door Inn, the documentary about the venue’s history and final days. We also welcome back Nick Karres and his family, who have been part of our own extended families for many years. 

Gather, return, and let the music play on.
-Daniel Coston

Double Door Inn 44th Anniversary Show
Neighborhood Theatre
Dec. 17th, 2017

Lenny Federal Band
Randy Franklin & Crisis
Woody Mitchell & Loafers Glory

and a screening of Live From The Double Door Inn
Admission: $10

Doors at 6pm, documentary at 7pm, Music at 8pm. 

We can release this once tickets go on sale. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Thank you,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just Two Months Away From Jan Crane Barley's Next Book Talk!

Hello all-

Just a reminder that Jan Crane Barley will be back at the Waterville Public Library on October 11th at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there.
August 2, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Here's Where You Can Purchase Home Of The Blues

Hello all-

You can purchase the book on Amazon here- 

The book will be available at Park Road Books, and other independent bookstore shortly. Stay tuned for news on book signing events, and more. Thank you, spread the word, and here's to the Double Door Inn.
June 14, 2017

The New Edition Of The Double Door Inn Book Is Now Available

Hello all-

The third and final edition of Home Of The Blues is now available! The Amazon link will be posted here shortly. Original book co-author Daniel Coston has re-written the book to not only update the story, but also give more information about the venue's history, and what made the Double Door Inn so special. New interviews with owners Nick and Matthew Karres, numerous musicians and patrons, including all of the Spongetones, DDI staffers, and a more detailed history of the building that housed one of the greatest blues music venues in the world.

Spread the word, and more news soon,
June 14, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Janet Crane Barley's Next Book Talk

Hello all-

We're thrilled to announce that FCP author Janet Crane Barley will be speaking at the Waterville, Ohio public library on October 11th at 6:30pm. Ms. Barley always gives a fantastic talk about her book, and her travels to the United Kingdom, so this is one that you shouldn't miss. Spread the word, and more news soon,
June 5, 2017

Advance Press For The Release Of The Updated Double Door Inn Book

Home Of The Blues: A History Of The Double Door Inn, a comprehensive history of one of the fabled Charlotte music venue, is now available. After the Double Door’s closing in January, co-author Daniel Coston went to work on updating and re-working the book that he originally collaborated on in 2008 with the late Debby Wallace. This new edition brings the story of the Double Door Inn up to date, and features numerous new interviews with longtime owner Nick Karres, brother and original co-owner Matthew Karres, and numerous local and national musicians. The book also dives into the history of Charlotte, and the building that became one of the oldest music venues in the United States.

The book his being published through Fort Canoga Press. The book will be available at Park Road Books, in Charlotte, and other independent bookstores. For interviews, distribution questions, or media about the book, contact Daniel Coston at 704-841-9371, or

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Double Door Inn Book Almost Ready

Hello all-

I have the proofs back of the new Double Door Inn book, and this looks great. Time to make final corrections, and get this book out there for all to see. Stay tuned, and see you all soon,
May 19, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Double Door Inn Book, Third Edition Coming Soon

Hello all-

We're currently hard at work on the third and final edition of the Double Door Inn book. This new version has really turned into something special, and we can't wait for you to see it. Updates coming soon. Stay tuned!
March 14, 2017

RIP Barry Stacks Of The Grifs

Hello all-

Barry Stacks, singer and leader of the Grifs, passed away two weeks ago. Barry formed the Grifs in Charlotte, NC in 1964, and they went to record two of the best singles that ever came from the city, "Catch A Ride" and "Keep Dreaming". I interviewed Barry for both editions of our NC 1960s Rock & Roll book. Thanks for the ride, Barry,
March 13, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Norman Blake Salutes The Paragons And "Abba"

Hello all-

Imagine my surprise as I'm reading the new issue of Mojo Magazine 60s, as Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub is listing his favorite songs of the 1960s. The first song listed? "Abba", by the Paragons. A song, and a band that we featured in our NC 1960s Rock & Roll book. Wow! Thank you, Norman. And how is it that I still haven't seen the Fannies live yet? I must remedy that, immediately.
And yes, the video of the Paragons playing "Abba" on The Village Sqaure TV show in 1967 is awesome. Let's play it now!
February 3, 2017 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Free Event Talk At Jesse Brown's Outdoors On February 2nd

Hello all-

Just a reminder that I (Daniel Coston) will be speaking at Jesse Brown's Outdoors in Charlotte, NC at 6pm on Thursday, February 2nd. It's a free event, and I'll be speaking for twenty minutes about my adventures in photography and music. All of our FCP books will be available. Come by and say hello, and hope to see you there.
January 31, 2017

RIP Dave Long

Hello All-

I wanted to acknowledge the passing of Dave Long, who took the cover photo of our 1960s NC Rock & Roll book. Dave was also interviewed for the book. Safe travels, Dave, and thank you for all the music and work that you created.
January 31, 2017