My name is Zebu Recchia (aka Eddy Joe Cotton). I created Lucky Hobo as a digital commune, of sorts - a gathering place for existing projects and new ideas - for singular visions and potential collaborations. The projects I've been part of needed a place to live, under the same roof, in utopian bliss. This is a reflection of the places I’ve been and a prayer for the places I hope to go.
My intention is to share stories that inspire unfamiliar paths to emerge and new ideas to unfold. I believe the more we learn and see of this world, the more we want take care of it. Our culture demands that artists strive to remain "relevant". This motivation can be useful, but it should never trump the inherent needs of the human spirit. Creativity is a personal journey that cannot be quantified or predetermined by what the market demands. Artist as martyr and addict is a tired story - those who create beauty deserve to live in beauty.
My working life started at 14, apprenticing with my father as a brick mason in Denver, Colorado. At 19 I met a Vietnam veteran named Alabama who taught me how to ride freight trains. For the next 6 years I traveled the western states on a train. I picked up odd jobs, hitchhiked through Mexico and slept in ditches. I kept a journal. 7 years later, after teaching myself to write, sharing my short stories with another writer (Steven Kotler), landing an old school literary agent (Mary Evans), a feature in a big magazine (Maxim) - my journals turned into a book - HOBO A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America. Which was published by Random House in 2002.
Hobo was a Denver Post Best Seller and also selected by the Independent Book Sellers of America in both hardcover and paperback for Book Sense 76 - “unique and provocative selections from a great diversity of voices... all personally recommended by the independent booksellers of America”. Hobo has been published in English, German and Turkish.
As an author I’ve shared a stage with Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), They Might Be Giants, Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Steve Earle and Speed Levitch (The Cruise and Waking Life).
In 1996 I landed in San Francisco. Where I became a founding member of the Yard Dogs Road Show. I was the manager, producer, tour manager and lighting designer for the show for 15 years.
I’ve managed some of my favorite performers, including Yard Dogs Road Show, Beats Antique, Le Serpent Rouge (Rachel Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jakes) and El Radio Fantastique. I’ve booked talent and worked on multiple branding and special events for New Belgium Brewery (Fat Tire), Patron, Red Bull, Hendricks Gin, Cirque Du Soleil and Lucas Films.
I was the producer, writer, narrator and assistant director for the Yard Dogs Road Show documentary - released in late 2015. Which was an official selection for The Sonoma International Film Festival, Noise Pop Film Series and The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. I also spearheaded a Kickstarter campaign for the film, which gave us the budget we needed to complete the project.
I love sleepy train yards, surfing, vaudeville and National Geographic.