High and Dry
Documenting the fertile musical ground of Tucson, Arizona in the '80s and '90s, HIGH AND DRY introduces viewers to the musicians who put Tucson on the map.Documenting the fertile musical ground of Tucson, Arizona in the '80s and '90s, HIGH AND DRY introduces viewers to the musicians who put Tucson on the map.Documenting the fertile musical ground of Tucson, Arizona in the '80s and '90s, HIGH AND DRY introduces viewers to the musicians who put Tucson on the map.
HIGH AND DRY is a documentary profiling the history of Tucson, Arizona's eclectic music scene. The past two decades have seen a number of singular talents emerge from Tucson, including Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, who has been called "the godfather of the alt-country movement," seminal blues slide-guitarist Rainer Ptacek, and original cow punk Al Perry. The city has also spawned more popular acts including Calexico, the Supersuckers and Machines of Loving Grace. Some of these bands reached the big time but self-destructed under the pressure of a music career they just weren't ready for, while others still make a successful living from their music, without the support of a major label or the mainstream music industry. HIGH AND DRY tells these musicians' stories, while giving insight into the choices they made along the way - where the desert meets rock 'n' roll. Drawing upon rare archival material, as well as live performances and exclusive interviews with band members, the film provides a unique view of Tucson and its music scene. More than just a who's who of Tucson music, HIGH AND DRY is a film about success and failure and what those terms really mean - in the music business, and in life. —Upstairs Film
This movie rocks!
I think this movie is great. It takes a local music scene in an out-of-the way place, Tuscon, Arizona, and shows you over several decades how without any established independent venues, a grass-roots music culture grows from house parties and ultimately (at least when this film ends) produces an internationally known and awesome band, Calexico. The beauty of this film is in the incredible archival footage from the past thirty years. It is a documentarian's dream come true to have the source material available to show the viewer what it was really like to see these bands play in people's houses and in ridiculously small venues, rather than having to rely on participant's memories of what is was like. The film has a good mix of interviews with musicians and fans of the Tuscon scene to supplement the archival images. Is Tuscon unique or was this happening in dozens of other small cities across America? It most likely did occur in similar ways in other places, but lucky for us, because of this movie, we get to see how it happened in Tuscon with some totally rockin' music.
- Sep 27, 2007
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