honeydripper (2007)

written and directed by john sayles

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This rock’n’roll fable recounts the night when the electric guitar makes its first, mind-blowing appearance in Harmony, Alabama. On the make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge, blues piano man Tyrone Purvis is faced with having to shut down his juke joint or bring in the ‘new music’ and a new crowd. He has arranged to book the famous (and notoriously fickle) Guitar Sam to headline festivities for the cotton harvest payday- but when the New Orleans sensation is a no-show, Tyrone needs to find somebody to take his place- if only till the lights go out. Danny Glover, Charles Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Mary Steenburgen and Stacey Keach head a stellar cast that includes newcomer YaYa DaCosta and rising guitar icon Gary Clark, Jr., as well as an other-worldly performance by Keb’ Mo’. And what a sound track! A movie about moving on — some say this is Sayles’s most autobiographical film.

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