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 and he 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. Slept in ditches. I kept a journal. 5 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. Published by Random House in 2002.
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. My hope is that this will be a reflection of the places I’ve been, and a prayer for the places I hope to go.
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, Teatro Zinzanni and Lucas Films.
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.
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 managed the show for 15 years. I was the producer, writer, narrator and assistant director for the Yard Dogs Road Show documentary - released in early 2016. Which was an official selection for The Sonoma International Film Festival, Noise Pop Film Series and The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.
I love surfing, vaudeville and National Geographic.