put your boots back on
Soak up those smokin' sounds that brought you to this 'ere honky tonk in the first place.
If you weren't around on Saturday night to hear the raucous goings on in the ACMI function space, then you may not know about the live music being played as part of the Drifters, Dreamers and Cowboys: Country Music on Film season this week.
The season's Live Shenanigans opened to a full house of country music fans, Johnny Cash die hards, Wagons groupies and film buffs.
Melbourne country noir band The Wagons kicked off the night with a one hour set that had people whoopin' and hollerin' for more. By the time Henry Wagons got off stage, the crowd was well and truly ready for the story behind Cash's Folsom Prison recording.
Not for the faint-hearted, the Oscar nominated short film The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo is an entry point into life behind the prison walls. More jailbird than country music, the film sets the tone for Bestor Cram's Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. The films will screen again this Saturday.
If you missed out on our opening weekend shenanigans or you just can't get enough, come along on New Year's Day for some free music and rollicking fun.
In between Margaret Brown's lyrical portrait Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me at 4pm and Gandulf Hennig's Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons at 7.15pm you can catch the sounds of DJ Lisa Palermo from 5.45pm. Palermo hosts Culture Clash on PBS FM. Expect singers, songwriters, sadness and sleaze.
And if you are saving your soul for the hoo-ha at the end, you will be one of the lucky ones. ACMI is thrilled to have acclaimed Melbourne singer-songwriter Lisa Miller take the stage and deliver an hour long set before James Szalapski's 1981 classic Heartworn Highways screens this Saturday 3 January at 7pm.
Lisa Miller and friends will showcase their poignant and gorgeous songs from 5.45pm. Get in early to get a good spot. Miller has toured with international artists as diverse as Neil Young, Nick Cave, Billy Bragg, Nick Lowe, Alex Chilton, Bert Jansch, Iris Dement, and Jonathan Richman.
Admission is free!
To find out more about the Live Shenanigans and the Drifters, Dreamers and Cowboys film program click here.
Published Monday, 29 December 2008