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All the Labor: The Story of the Gourds [DVD]
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ALL THE LABOR captures country band The Gourds' enduring brotherhood & magnetic musicianship through candid conversations, raucous performances, on-tour media interviews and reflections and insight from friends and family.
Blazing performances and candid interviews convey the life, labor and brotherhood of the Gourds, an Austin band beloved around the world for its genre-jumping music and unpretentious vibe.
...director Doug Hawes-Davis manages to turn this quintet into a dynamic symbol of hard work and friendship. Willamette Week
A fun, compelling 96 minutes - a film for both cult fans and neophytes who may only know the band from its cover of 'Gin & Juice'. Missoulian
An in-depth look at the band, with archival footage and behind-the-scenes goofiness as well as exploring the camaraderie that allows them to remain one of our town's longest-running and most-beloved acts. Austin Film Chronicles
Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell vocals, backing vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica
Jimmy Smith vocals, backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica, double bass
Claude Bernard accordion, electronic keyboard, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Keith Langford drums, harmonica, backing vocals
Max Johnston vocals, backing vocals, fiddle, lap steel, mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo
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If you're a Gourds fan, it's a must see. If you're not already a Gourds fan, you WILL be after you watch this! I like to use this dvd to convert folks :-)
I've watched it several times, and it never gets old. Five stars all the way. This is the first time I've ever taken the time out to write a review on Amazon, if that tells you anything!
I was fortunate to have received an advance dvd copy of the film and have watched it three times on three consecutive days. The film conveys the energy of their performances, the skill and passion of each member--Jimmy Smith, Keith Langford, Max Johnston, Claude Bernard and Kev Russell. Kev Russell and Jimmy Smith write most of their songs. You get a real sense of their stylistic differences and how they ultimately complement each other so effectively. But what I really liked was the filmmakers' emphasis on how the combined contributions of every member form the unique sound and soul of The Gourds.
All the Labor evokes the essence of the title of their most recent album, Old Mad Joy. There is joy and humor throughout. The funniest moment is the surprise about Kev and his liking of grilled fish. And their love and respect for each other shines through every frame of the film. Watching this great film is a wonderful way to rejoice about a unique band that should be more recognized.
Set for release in November, All the Labor would be a great Christmas present for any Gourds fan or anyone who loves pure American music. Get a bunch of copies for your friends. And then get out and see them whenever you're lucky enough to do so.