Baseball Clubbies (Hard Cover 405 pages)
July 21st 2016 ~ Release Date
About Baseball Clubbies:
On July 21st 2016 Matt Palka will release second novel Baseball Clubbies along with the companion soundtrack, Stealing Home. Both were inspired by his five years of running a Triple-A clubhouse and the scandalous untold story and behind the scenes adventure of minor league baseball. Book and album combined, Matt spent a decade crafting the immersive world of a struggling musician trapped inside the bowels of that lawless, testosterone and steroid fueled clubhouse.
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Vinyl – Infield & Home Plate Cover
Novel – Bats & Guitar Cover
CD – Baseball Thread Cover
Baseball Clubbies Synopsis
Inspired by Palka's 5 years of running a Triple-A clubhouse, Baseball Clubbies is a voyeuristic journey through minor league baseball. Our unlikely hero, Riley Holiday, puts his music endeavors aside to begin his third year as a clubhouse manager for the Liberty Swamp Ducks. Riley struggles with his conscience, supplying baseball players with steroids, pee tests and drugs, doing whatever it takes to make an extra dime. Set in blue-collar Ohio, clubbies, players and sexy gold-digging jersey chasers are all desperate for their ticket out of Liberty. Caught in a haze of lawless days and party-animal nights, Riley and the Swamp Ducks may never recover from this season's shot at the Big League.
About the record, Matt says, “Perhaps most striking is the eclectic grouping of indie roots rock songs. Unless it’s a compilation, most albums don’t transition so easily from americana, to retro blues, to reggae, to indie rock, to protest song. But that’s what I did here. I decided to dip into whatever style would best accent the novel’s moments of ecstatic bliss, heartbreak and raw passion. The album also had to reflect my younger self who was still searching for his unique voice.”
Referring to his time in baseball Matt says, “It was such an exciting but confusing time in that clubhouse world where I felt I was losing myself. I was so much younger then, but I could have made some better choices. I think I was revisiting a lot of ghosts on this record and in this novel.”
The novel/soundtrack follows his 2008 release Moment In The Sun, of which Performing Songwriter Magazine declared, “Wholly On The Road re-imagined, the hints of philosophy are so transcendent, Moment In The Sun shines bright.”
A brief window inside Palka’s real clubhouse world is featured in his award-winning rockumentary film VW Bus Tour: Americana Bohemia.
* “Spirited Folk Pop, Palka carries a message of positiveness.” The Vindicator
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I grew up in a small farm town in Ohio and spent my summers living in a tepee doing living history reenactments with my family. It was a lot of Daniel Boone, American frontiersmen type of thing. I was throwing a tomahawk before I was even old enough to remember. And we cooked all of our meals over an open fire in a cast iron pot just like the early settlers did. We had to dress like them too, all in leather & wool. It was quite to my discomfort on those humid summer days. But at night, around the campfire, when the adults broke out the instruments and reveled the night away in song, it was pure bliss.
Looking back now, it makes sense that this childhood has led me to the road. Fresh out of college with an acting degree in hand, I moved from Ohio to California on a solo cross-country bicycle trip. Not only did I think my junky car wouldn’t make it, but moreover I got on my bike because I really wanted to know what it meant to be alive. A bold proposition, but as an idealistic young man, I thought it was a great idea to get at the heart of existence. Lacking a cell phone and credit card, I lived on $600 and a guitar to earn food money, while sleeping in homeless shelters, youth hostels, town parks and anywhere I could find to pitch my tent. Having been a boy scout, you’d think I would have been a little more prepared.
I survived that epic soul searching trek, and a handful of years later, the bicycle adventure became my first novel and soundtrack, Moment In The Sun. The next move seemed obvious. Buy a vintage VW Bus site unseen on Ebay for a promotional tour that I would document myself by film. How hard could that be? I wasn’t a film maker or mechanic, but given enough time and do-or-die circumstance, it’s surprising what you can learn. Those years on the road, filled with the colorful characters and artists I met, became my award winning rockumentary film, VW Bus Tour: Americana Bohemia.
Between some odd jobs and stints on the road, I even recorded a couple of studio albums. One was paid for by bartering my 1972 mustang convertible for studio time. It was a tough choice, but I’m still glad I traded a 3 year restoration dream car for the opportunity to record the perfect analog album.
Never one to sit still, it wasn’t long before the next novel in my trilogy demanded to be finished. After a dozen years of rewrites, Baseball Clubbies arrives with the genera defying soundtrack Stealing Home. Here we trade the road for the private clubhouse world of minor league baseball. A world exposed through the eyes of a struggling musician. It’s inspired by my five years living and working in the clubhouse of a Triple-A team. Boy, do I have some stories!
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