"Honeydripper" is the acclaimed new film written, directed, and edited by John Sayles. It revisits the genesis of rock 'n' roll -- namely '50s rural blues from the Deep South. The story depicts a second chance for an aging bluesman, the kickoff to a young guitar turk's career and the rise of rock 'n' roll itself. The movie features an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DeCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas.
Opening nationally in January and February 2008, the soundtrack to this blues music-themed period film includes new songs by Keb' Mo', Mable John and guitar phenom Gary Clark, Jr., who appears in the film as well. The album also contains a new song by the incomparable Ruth Brown, the last one recorded before her death in 2006. Rhino Records will release the "Honeydripper" soundtrack on February 5, 2008.
The 15-song soundtrack features Stax Records veteran Mable John ("No Matter How She Done It") along with legendary artists Memphis Slim ("Bertha May") and Lil Green ("Why Don't You Do Right?)," as well as actor Danny Glover performing "Goin' Down Slow." "Honeydripper" introduces actor/musician Gary Clark Jr., about whom "Texas Music Magazine" wrote, "Probably the most talented Texas guitarist since a certain SRV." The soundtrack showcases his fiery fretwork on "Good Rockin' Tonight," "China Doll" and "Blue Light Boogie."
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