Supplement to “Silas House: Chasing His Dream, Finding His Voice”
Music has long been one of Silas’ passions. Raised on gospel and rock ’n’ roll, he is an avid guitar player and credits music with increasing his creativity as a writer, often including it as a secondary character in his books. In The Coal Tattoo, Anneth can’t contain herself while Maybelline is being played and rushes to the dance floor without even waiting to find a partner. While attempting to capture this scene on paper, Silas estimates he played the song nearly 300 times. “It’s hard for some people to read a book, but anybody can listen to music,” he says. “It enables them to just go right into the page.”
As contributing editor for No Depression, Silas regularly profiles singers such as Lucinda Williams, Delbert McClinton, Hank Williams III, and Nickel Creek. He is also a much sought-after press kit writer, having written biographies of artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Lucinda Williams, and Tim O’Brien. According to his Web site, www.silashouse.com, he includes the Carter Family, Lucinda Williams, and Gillian Welch among his favorite artists.
To read the Kentucky Living February 2006 feature that goes along with this supplement, click here: Silas House: Chasing His Dream, Finding His Voice