Friday, September 14, 2007

Cooley's Birthday and Randy and the Mob

Waaaay too fuzzy this morning. Full DBT WIR coming Monday.

Happy Birthday to the Stroker Ace, Mike Cooley! 29 never sounded so good!

Check out an old post about Cooley's Birthday.


From Jenn B:

Hey everybody,

I have a couple of friends who are releasing a movie next week. It's called Randy and the Mob, and it is hilarious. Read a little story about it here.

My friends Ray McKinnon and Walt Goggins have asked me to help spread the word and I am glad to do so - it's a great movie. It's not a big movie, so they really need to have some turnout at the theatres. If you possibly can, go see it! And pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested. Support independent and small films!

If you want more history, continue reading. Otherwise, I'd love it if you'd check out the trailer, and go see the movie in a theatre near you if you like it.

In 2001, Ray McKinnon won an Oscar for his first short film, The Accountant. It was such a great piece of film that my longtime friend Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers wrote one of his best songs about it, a little rocker called "Sinkhole". Ray loved the Truckers' music, and put a couple of their songs in his last film, " Chrystal". Patterson now has a song on the Randy and the Mob soundtrack.

Ray's buddy and co-producer, Walton Goggins, played Detective Shane Vendrell on "The Sheild", and plays a lead role in Randy and the Mob along with Ray (who actually plays two roles - twin brothers). Both men have been in countless movies and TV shows. You probably saw Ray in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou as Holly Hunter's "bonified" new fiancee, Vernon T. Waldrip, or as Reverend H.W. Smith on "Deadwood". His wife Lisa Blount is a main character in Randy and the Mob; you'll recognize her from several movies and shows too (I first noticed her in An Officer and a Gentleman). Tim DeKay, who played Jonesy on "Carnivale", has a great role, and there's even an appearance by Burt Reynolds!

Ray, Walt and the rest are some of the finest people I have ever met. You could do much worse than supporting these fine artists. Personally I think everyone should own a copy of The Accountant; it's a breathtakingly good short film that I show to everyone I get a chance to. I hope you go see Randy and the Mob, too. It'll make you laugh!

Thanks for your time,


If a man builds a machine and that machine conspires with another machine built by another man, are those men conspiring? -The Accountant, 2001

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