My Dear Friends,
Friday, April 10 (next week!) sees the theatrical release of The Longest Ride, about two couple’s intersecting love stories. Central to both the book and the film is Luke, a bull rider whose dedication to his family only further drives his dedication to the sport. With that in mind, this newsletter explores the fascinating world of bull riding, and in particular, Jerome Davis, one of the sport’s heroes. Essential to any bull riding event is good music, so you’ll find some info about the North Carolina music scene, too. And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a few book recommendations—this time, I take a look at a few of my favorite classics.
I hope you’ll see The Longest Ride in theaters when it releases on April 10th. I’m very proud of this film—the screenwriter Craig Bolotin, the director George Tillman Jr., and the studio behind it all—Fox—have all done a fantastic job adapting my novel, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Exploring the challenges and rewards of life and love, Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Longest Ride, gives readers all over the country a glimpse into the world of North Carolina cowboys and the art of bull riding.
And no one understands the delicate balance between courage and endurance—and cowboys—quite like Jerome Davis. It’s been 17 years since the World Champion Professional Bull Rider’s world was
When you think North Carolina, I bet your mind doesn’t immediately go to music, right? Well, if you’re surprised, you are in good company. Mr. Eddie Ray, Director of North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and inductee, was “amazed to learn there are so many great musical performing artists, in every genre of music, all hailing from North Carolina.”
Yes, many musicians got their start right here in The
It’s always the perfect time to hunker down with a good book, like one of the classics. Here are a couple of novels that are true page turners, no matter how many times I’ve read them.
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