Jack Hunter here again, passing on the good news. This week, folk and world music meets Hollywood (and the Topanga Film Festival), Nawlins calls the Doctor, and jamfans get a visit from an old friend.
A special thanks this week to the Folk Alliance International for calling Driftwood a “very high quality web site.” Their shout out to the members of the alliance has also flooded the Driftwood mailbox more surely than the incoming tide.
Oh, that reminds me, better hit higher ground! There’s a hurricane coming this weekend . . . Stay drier than Driftwood’s humor, folks.
p.s. Check out Devon Leger’s write-up of Driftwood posted on No Depression today.
“The Sirens,” an independent film that features the Chapin Sisters and grew out of their music, won the jury award for Best Screenplay at the Topanga Film Festival. The independent film is directed by Sarah Adina Smith, who listened to their music while writing the screenplay and then cast the sisters in two of the staring roles. The Chapin Sisters release their second album this Fall, having spent the year touring as members of the She & Him band and opening dates for them. [See and hear more here: “The Sirens” Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?=U2ZGj3uTA8Q; www.thechapinsisters.com]
The Voodoo Experience, a Halloween festival down in New Orleans now in its fifth year, has announced that Dr. John be there to will accompany musicians and activists Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Bourdreaux, John Vidacovich and Johnny Sansone. Other performers include The Whigs, White Rabbits, Dead Confederate, River City Extension, Miracle at St. Anna, O’ Brother, SPEAK and Michael Tolcher. [TheVoodooExperience.com]
Keller Williams, once and future king of The String Cheese Incident, has announced a fall U.S. tour. Stops all around the country are planned, with multiple nights in San Francisco and central Cally. [www.kellerwilliams.net]
Dolly Parton will star opposite Queen Latifah in “Joyful Noise,” which “tells the story of an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town Gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down.” Ms. Parton is also writing some new material for the movie.
The Americana Music Festival kicks off next weekend. I’ve spotted a host of fantastic performers on their list: Charlie Louvin with Emmylou Harris & Al Perkins, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Raul Malo, the Fairfield Four, Todd Snyder, 2006’s instrumentalist winner (and 2010 nominee) Will Kimbrough, Sonehoney, and newcomers like Elizabeth Cook & The John Henrys. [americanamusic.org]
[Edit: Added No Depression link.]