Thursday, May 6, 2010

Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South (2008)

J.D. Wilkes


Shot throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana, 'Seven Signs' is a travelogue documenting a uniquely-American heritage that is currently being marginalized and homogenized by major corporations, 'Mega-churches' and gated communities. The interviews, musical performances, and stories provide a look into Southern Culture as it really is...not as it is typically packaged for mainstream audiences.

With an unflinching eye, 'Seven Signs' views the paradoxical world of The South: a land filled with warmth and humanity, as well as a strong-willed sense of honesty. It is this culmination of colorful individuals, strange tales and haunting melodies that stands as evidence as to why The South is so integral to American culture as a whole. It is a world where cultures have combined to create a place worth preserving...a place where, oftentimes, so much has gone horribly, horribly right.

In addition to local characters and amateur musicians, 'Seven Signs' features recording artists such as Slim Cessna and Jay Munly (Slim Cessnas Auto Club), The Pine Hill Haints, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, and Scott H. Biram...all of whom are current touring musicians committed to preserving the true spirit of The South.

'Seven Signs' carries both a timelessness and an immediacy as it depicts a sadly aging generation of Southern Culture; yet a younger, New Breed, hellbent on carrying it on into an unknown future.


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