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Martha Williamson , Keb' Mo' - Martha Williamson and Keb' Mo' attending the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Winter 2017 TCA Press Tour at The Tournament House in Pasadena, California. at Rose Parade Tournament House - Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 14th January 2017

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Keb' Mo' - Whole Foods Market/Whole Planet Foundation pre-Grammy benefit party at East West Studios - Arrivals at OHM Nightclub, Grammy - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015

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Keb' Mo' - Photographs of a variety of stars as they arrived at the Whole Planet Grammy Pre-Party which was held at the OHM Nightclub in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 5th February 2015

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Honeydripper Review


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Somewhere right about the time that blues great Keb' Mo' shows up as a blind guitarist named Possum who loves nothing more than to pick at his instrument and dispense homespun wisdom with a wry chuckle, it becomes clear that Honeydripper is not going to be anything close to the film that it should be. For sure, it would be near impossible, and probably not even advisable, for a filmmaker to totally eschew cliché when placing a film in as weighted a setting as John Sayles has done here. A small town in Alabama named Harmony, circa 1950, with a mean white sheriff, a lot of dirt-poor black folk, a bucolic landscape of thick green forests and insect-buzzed cotton fields, and plenty of porches to watch life go by from -- the blues is in the air. It's all the characters can do not to burst into choreographed song and dance.

As usual with Sayles, there's a hard knot of a good story here. The film is named for the town's Honeydripper Lounge, a ramshackle affair that serves up a good fried chicken affair but whose old blues singer can't compete with the jukebox R&B getting blasted by the competition down the street. Danny Glover plays the owner, Pine Top Purvis, a piano player with a violent past who's in debt to everyone in town and about out of chances. His last one is a New Orleans hot shot named Guitar Sam who's got a radio hit and is booked to play the Honeydripper on Saturday; only problem is, when the train shows up, Guitar Sam is nowhere to be found, even though Purvis has plastered the town with ads. The whole thing is a scramble, with Purvis frantically (well, not frantically, maybe busily; it is the old South, after all, and things take time) working every last hustle he can to stay ahead of the creditors and the corrupt sheriff (Stacy Keach, playing it more for laid-back humor than menace) who will shut him down if he can't find somebody who looks and plays like Guitar Sam to show up on Saturday. Maybe that handsome fella who just hopped off the train and is chatting up Purvis' daughter could do the trick...

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