The Bank Bar

The Bank Bar

A bar, a young woman, two men.
Some things don't mix well.


The Bank Bar is the story of Sadie, a young woman who meets two men at the Bank Bar during the depression, who compete for her. She can’t decide between the two men until she discovers a secret about one, and realizes he will stop at nothing.

The Bank Bar is owned by Cecil, a man that owns businesses and property, and has information on nearly everyone; he holds power over the powerful. Sadie considers Cecil to be the most corrupt man she has ever known, and the sweetest.

The Bank Bar is currently in development.


Author Bio


John Baxter created the Technical Writing Certificate Program as a consultant for San Jose State University. He taught Technical Writing and Editing in the program 1984-1988. As a consultant for Apple, he made a presentation to the Chinese government on desktop publishing. John has participated on discussion panels at the Seybold Publishing conference, and was a guest speaker at Stanford University, DeAnza College, and Foothill College.

John was Publications Manager at Eaton Corp., Machine Intelligence, and Apple, Inc. He is the author of “The Deluxe Encyclopedia of Mandolin Chords”, published by Mel Bay Publications. John is the author and publisher of “Macintosh Desktop Typography”, the first commercially desktop published book, and “Macintosh Desktop Design".



There are scenes in "The Bank Bar" where Sadie sings, or listens to music.
The following are songs I listened to as I wrote the book.

1. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers
Sadie is bored, and sings and dances to the radio.

2. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Artie Shaw with Billie Holiday
Sadie sings along with the jukebox at the Bank Bar, and is embarrassed when the customers applaud.

3. I’m An Old Cowhand
Bing Crosby
Sadie listens to a new song on the jukebox.

4. I’m An Old Cowhand
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks (Maryann Price) - Striking It Rich
Sadie sings on KWEW. She does a song made popular by Bing Crosby, with Jack backing her on guitar.

5. After You've Gone
Hot Club of Cowtown - Continental Stomp
Jack takes Sadie to hear the band at the Cotton Club.

6. Any Old Time
Alison Krauss - Songs of Jimmie Rodgers
Sadie sings at the Cotton Club. She is nervous. Lester tells her to crank it up.

7. Someone To Watch Over Me
Hot Club of Cowtown - Wishful Thinking
Sadie sings a song for Jean and Elmer.

8. Exactly Like You
Hot Club of Cowtown - Ghost Train
Sadie sings at the Cotton Club.

9. In the Jailhouse Now
Suzy Bogguss and Chet Atkins - Simpatico
Jack Campbell shows up at the Cotton Club after getting out of jail. Sadie and Lester do a song for him.

10. There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Hot Club of Cowtown - Tall Tales
Sadie is unhappy to see Lexy Kincaide with Jack at the Cotton Club.

11. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
Suzy Bogguss - Country Classics
Sadie sings at the Cotton Club.

12. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Gene Autry - The Essential Gene Autry
Cecil hums a song after Sadie gives him a Christmas gift.

13. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Hot Club of Cowtown - Continental Stomp
Sadie sings a song for Jack.

14. Sadie's Got Her New Dress On
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - More Behind the Picture Than the Wall
Sadie's got her new dress on.