As rule of thumb, I'm generally willing to watch anything that has to do w/ the Dukes of Hazzard. If the show is on, you can rest assured I'm watching it. I've seen the episodes w/ Coy and Vance, I've watched documentaries and the reunion movies, I even watched the piece of shit unrated DVD version of the film w/ Johnny Knoxville, Sean William Scott, Jessica Simpson and Willie Nelson (as another rule, I'll also watch anything w/ Willie Nelson), but what happened earlier tonight is beyond any semblance of acceptability. After returning from the b-day party for Wendy... who is 40, by the way, a party where we had a bad-ass Scrabble tournament and Shawn won after forming the word "stroker." He used the 'r' to end a verb that was already there, plus he received the 50 bonus points for using all of his tiles... pretty sweet (or at least as sweet as any Scrabble moment could be). But I digress. The Dukes' rule and the Willie Nelson rule converged once again w/ a prequel to the Knoxville/Scott/Simpson film called The Dukes of Hazzard: The Begiining. It's about how Bo and Luke came to live w/ Uncle Jesse, how they got the General Lee, how Daisy got her job at the Boar's Nest, and a bunch of other stuff I never really cared about. I think Boss Hogg was planning on busting them for moonshining so he could take their farm (that's also the main plot of most episodes too), but I have no idea how they got out of it. I couldn't watch the end. It is so fucking bad. The douche bags they have playing the young Bo and Luke are shit. Daisy is too perky and skinny, and Willie phones in the performance. This isn't a movie to watch, it's a movie to put on the shelf and forget about.
In other Good Ol' Boy news, I went to the Shit Kickers' Ball last night at the Blind Pig. It was a good time. The opening group, Dirt Road Logic left something to be desired though. They had some talent, but too much obnoxious stage presence. The singer talked in an obviously fake gruff Southern accent and the lead guitarist acted like he was in some 80s hair band. The opened w/ a nice version of Dylan's "From a Buick 6," but it went downhill from there. The second group, The Orbitsuns (pronounced like Orbison, not Orbit Sun) were pretty good. I would definitely check them out again. Then came the Daisy Duke contest. Or at least it was supposed to come at that point. No one braved the cold for the 150 dollar prize so Whitey Morgan took the stage w/o the contest. They rocked as usual. I brought in my flask again so as to save money and a good time was had by all.While we're on the general subject of "Outlaw Country," you can learn a bit more about the sub-genre here and check out Waylon Jenning's Duke's theme son, "The Good Ol' Boys" here. You might also want to listen to Johnny Cash's song "Cocaine Blues", Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," The Allman's "Ramblin' Man," David Allen Coe's "Jack Daniels if You Please," and Willie Nelson's version of "The City of New Orleans."