Tom Piazza is celebrated both as a novelist and as a writer on American music. His twelve books include the novel A Free State and City Of Refuge, Blues and Trouble, Why New Orleans Matters, and Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America. He was a principal writer for the innovative HBO drama series Treme, and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. He lives in New Orleans.