Bitter Playlist

“I fell in love with my great-uncle Harper because he taught me how to dance.”

In Bitter in the Mouth, music is the unbroken thread of happiness that runs through Linda Hammerick’s childhood in Boiling Springs, NC. Though it’s the mid-70’s and disco reigns supreme, Linda dances with her great-uncle Harper to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino. Facing dangers real and imagined, Linda and her best friend Kelly find solace in the songs and in the appearance of the tuneful and benevolent Dolly Parton. Here’s a list of the artists and songs that play in the background and foreground of Linda’s life.