Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Special gig in December

Hey all. I've got this special gig in December.

It's Saturday 23 December 2012 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach (San Diego, Ca.)

I'm gonna be opening up for Dennis Quaid and the Sharks!

I'll do my Delta Blues set  - then I'll switch over to guitar playin' duties as a Shark.
Come on out - should be a good pre-Christmas treat! See you there!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Harvelles in November
I'll be at the fabulous Harvelle's in Santa Monica this month.

I'm playin' Saturday 17 November 2012 at 8:30p

Also on Saturday 24 November 2012 at 8:30p
Come on out and work off that turkey!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Performance Dates

Every Saturday in October at Harvelles -

Please come out and see me. We've been getting great crowds and having a good time.

Saturday 06 October
Saturday 13 October
Saturday 20 October
Saturday 27 October
I'll be playing at 8:30pm

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review of the film "Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction"

Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction: Venice Review

Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction - H 2012

The Bottom Line

Engaging documentary tribute to the craggy character-actor and his five-decade career is elevated by classy visuals and a nicely relaxed, casual tone.


Sophie Huber

The iconic veteran character-actor with a 200-film career is profiled in this Swiss documentary by Sophie Huber, world-premiering at the Lido in the Venice Classics section.

The astonishing career of the man who's perhaps Hollywood's pre-eminent post-war character actor is adoringly chronicled in Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, a Swiss documentary from newcomer Sophie Huber. Now 86, Stanton has popped up in literally dozens of high-profile productions over the past five decades and has earned a rock-solid cult status that will translate to plentiful festival and small-screen bookings for this entertaining and quietly illuminating profile.
Stanton makes it clear from the outset that we're not in for any kind of confessional tell-all: "I don't give anything away," he remarks, and Huber evidently faced a tough task in penetrating the Kentuckian star's layers of cagey reserve. Music emerges as one of the most potent keys to the Stanton enigma, and Huber includes several lo-fi standards delivered by Stanton in his Los Angeles apartment, with spare guitar accompaniment by Jamie James. Indeed, after a while it's debatable whether these likeably unassuming musical 'numbers' are punctuating the movie or vice versa.
In what's become established practice for this kind of documentary, Huber includes adulatory comment from several of Stanton's celebrity friends and collaborators, with his seven-time director David Lynch on droll form as he pops in for a chat and an outsize mug of coffee. Debbie Harry's contribution is more eyebrow-raising, as it emerges that the Blondie bombshell and Stanton became more than pals for a spell, part of Stanton's touched-upon adventures as an unlikely Tinseltown lothario. "She left with Tom Cruise," he remarks of one mid-80s flame, and it's no joke: said paramour was none other than Rebecca De Mornay, Cruise's Risky Business co-star.
But as Stanton notes, "I've been a loner all my life," displaying a Zen-calm, near-nihilistic commitment to following his father's motto "Go straight ahead until you hit something." The picture that emerges is that of an "actor's actor", in Sam Shepard's phrase, one whose character and professional methods are rather more complex than he would probably care to admit. This slightly closed-off, mysterious aspect to such a visible and recognizable figure adds a compelling edge to Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction that invaluably offsets what can occasionally become a slightly hagiographic tone.
Taking her cue from her subject -- and her title from Kris Kristofferson song "He's A Pilgrim," reportedly part-inspired by Stanton -- Huber takes a stripped-down and seemingly casual approach that pays steady dividends. Top-drawer cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, who worked briefly with Stanton on this year's megahit The Avengers, achieves unfussily poetic effects with digital video: monochrome for the interviews in Stanton's residence, color for ventures out to his preferred Los Angeles bar Dan Tana's, and various ruminative nocturnal drives around the city.
Archive movie-clips are sparingly deployed but effective, with excerpts from the likes of Alien, The Missouri Breaks, The Straight Story, Cool Hand Luke and Paris, Texas providing glimpses into a career that has involved over 200 movies but, remarkably, not one major solo acting-award nomination for a film role. Stanton obviously enjoys colossal respect from his peers and co-workers, and has over the years maintained close friendships with the tricky likes of Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando. But his type of ultra-reliable craftsmanship is all too easy to take for granted, which is one reason why Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction feels not just fully warranted but also long overdue.
Venue: Venice Film Festival (Venice Classics)
Production companies: Hugofilm, Swiss TV & Radio
Director: Sophie Huber
Producers: Christian Davi, Chiemi Karasawa, Christof Neracher, Thomas Thümena
Executive producers: Sophie Huber, Seamus McGarvey
Director of photography: Seamus McGarvey
Music: Harry Dean Stanton, Jamie James

Editors: Angelo Corrao, Russell GreeneSales agent: First Hand Films, Zurich
No MPAA rating, 76 minutes

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back to school

It's that time of year - back to school. So cut loose on Saturday nights and join me at Harvelle's in Santa Monica!

I'm playing Saturdays at 8:30 pm
September 08 2012
September 15 2012
September 22 2012

Come on out and see me. Thanks!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I know it's hot...

I know it's hot but you know what's cool? Come out and see me at Harvelle's and you'll find out!!

I'm playing the next three Saturdays:
Saturday 11 August 2012 at 8:30p
Saturday 18 August 2012 at 8:30p
Saturday 25 August 2012 at 8:30p 

See you there ...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rockabilly Festival

Hi all -
I'm playin' a Kingbees gig this Saturday 11 August 2012 at the So Cal Rockabilly Fest. Should be swingin' - come on out. I think we go on at around noon.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I'll be playing at Harvelle's in Santa Monica CA the next three Saturday nights.
Saturday 14 July 2012 at 8:30pm
Saturday 21 July 2012 at 8:30pm
Saturday 28 July 2012 at 8:30pm
Come on out and see me!