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Music documentary and concert film looking at the music, life, and times of Delbert McClinton and his road warrior musical friends. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Al Anderson ... Himself
Marcia Ball ... Herself
Stephen Bruton ... Himself, narrator

Matt Clark ... Himself

Rodney Crowell ... Himself
Kinky Friedman ... Himself
Delbert McClinton ... Himself

Directed by
Jay Curlee 
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(in alphabetical order)
Jay Curlee 

Produced by
Yuri Biersach .... producer
Jim Friscia .... producer
Wendy Goldstein .... producer
Page Hite .... producer
Arthur E. James .... executive producer
Susan D. James .... executive producer
Joyce Libby .... producer
Kenneth Libby .... producer
W.T. Little .... producer
Lewis Stephens .... producer
Gary Turlington .... producer
Cinematography by
Kenneth Libby 
Film Editing by
Keoni Alvarez 
Jay Curlee 

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USA:115 min (original version)
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An interesting look into the creative process, 28 May 2007
Author: jurygeek from United States

The (often undeserving) first tier of music - the Madonna Ciccone's, the Britney Spears, the Rolling Stones' and Elton Johns' of the world get pretty well known pretty quickly.

The B tier - the Delbert McClinton's, Marcia Ball's, and Jimmy Hall's of the world don't get so much attention. They tend to make music that is more genuine - less directed by the market-makers and more directed at their creative impulses - than the first tier artists. They gather a group of loyal listeners who dependably purchase their disks and attend their concerts -- regardless of whether those disks get radio play. The reliable audiences provide enough relative security to allow these artists to develop and hone a style and a message in a way that artists cannot manage: like politicians delivering the message the pollsters tell them to deliver, the first-tier artists produce the music the marketing wizzes tell them to produce. Not surprisingly, such music often comes out sounding like crap.

This movie provides a unique view into the mind and careers of a number of a small number of the dedicated second-tier artists, and a view at their collective annual retreat: Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Cruise. It also shows the ups and downs of the life of a second-tier entertainer.

Making music is less about glamour, and more about hard work and dedication, than the conventional wisdom reveals. This movie shows (if only a little) how a few dedicated professionals have managed to eke out a living without sacrificing their integrity.

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