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Directed by Douglas Hawes-Davis

Missoula 2012 96 mins. In English

For two decades, The Gourds have played their rock/folk/country tunes, gathered cult listeners, and always managed to float just under the radar of mainstream success—exactly where they like it. Through a mash-up of interviews, live performances, and scraps of footage, Hawes-Davis’s film will have your foot tapping and your heart laughing. These fathers, husbands, and regular guys have bonded with their instruments and friends, playing music for the love of playing. “Director Doug Hawes-Davis manages to turn this quintet into a dynamic symbol of hard work and friendship. He imbues the collage of live performances and interviews with the same ramshackle, loving spirit as the group’s amalgam of blues, country, and folk.”—Willamette Week.

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