Since the release of their debut album, "The Inevitable," in early 1995, The Squirrel Nut Zippers have started a glorious craze across our country with their revivification of "hot" jazz, ... See full summary »

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Jason Bentley ...
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James Mathus
Tom Maxwell
Ken Mosher ...
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Don Raliegh
Katharine Whalen
Je Widenhouse
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Since the release of their debut album, "The Inevitable," in early 1995, The Squirrel Nut Zippers have started a glorious craze across our country with their revivification of "hot" jazz, swing, ragtime and Dixieland sounds of the 1920s and '30s, offering a fun, unpretentious alternative to contemporary music. Call them a novelty act if you must, but they've hit upon a formula that transcends genres and generations. While the Zippers were on tour promoting "The Inevitable," filmmaker Clay Walker approached the band about doing a creative project. They agreed and Walker followed the group for the next 9 months conducting interviews with each member in and around Chapel Hill, NC. Walker also captured on video some of their very best early national live performances in North & South Carolina, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco Written by Anonymous

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In 2008, filmmaker Clay Walker completely remastered and restored the film from its source material for its screening at the 2008 ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto. See more »

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26 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clay Walker's piece on the great Squirrel Nut Zippers is fascinating.

The footage in "Musical Candy" attests to the fact that, in the midst of the big-business "swing" revival of the mid-to-late '90s, the more commercially-modest-yet-musically-adventurous Zippers (of whose repertoire "swing" only made up a small portion) were the most legitimate of the lot -- real southerners who weren't expecting a platinum record, or anything more than having a good time, really.

The viewer gets to see inside the homes of several of the band members at the peak of their fame, learn what it was like for them to make music together from the start, and witness their jovial, down-to-earth nature -- all of which reminded me of what fantastic people they are. Whether or not you've ever met the Zippers, after watching Walker's "Musical Candy", you'll feel as though you have.


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