My family is from West Virginia. When I watched the fantastic documentaries Dancing Outlaw and The Wild and Wonderful Whites, I always wondered if some of my bloodline swirled around in the bloodlines of Jesco, and Mamie, and Sue Bob. Deep down in my soul, even though I walk around batshit sober, don’t I often want to shake my ass like them, and down a shot of moonshine, and holler drawled obscenities at the moon, at God, just like The Whites? Don’t most of in the South look at ourselves in the mirror with absolute love and…disgust? A loving disgust.
Film maker Ron Smith contacted me recently about his project, My Blue Star. And after viewing the trailer, many of those same emotions (And cameos from Jesco and Mamie White!) came. This film is about Hasil Adkins — someone I hadn’t headr of, obscure to me — but who, after just the few minutes of a Youtube trailer, I’m VERY interested in learning more about.
A musician who inspired The Cramps and is known as The Godfather of Psychobilly, Ron has taken the time to gather clips from notable musicians like Hank III and Scott H Biram, and Dex Romweber, to name a few. (Nod of acceptance to Ron for Dex’s inclusion, LOVE him.)
Oh, and lucky for me, when I turned the laptop around and showed this to my dad — he said “West Virginia? Adkins? You’re related to the Adkins!” — Finally, all my urges to wear cut-offs and cuss and beat the hell out of any drum set I see may finally be just genetically who I truly am.
Watch the trailer below!
Like My Blue Star on FB: HERE to keep up with this documentary’s progress.
And follow Young Mary’s Record, too, HERE- if you haven’t. I promise to keep you up to date on Ron, My Blue Star, and learning more about Hasil, as well!
- June 2 2012 1 Notes