Full Disclosure: I've been binge-watching Justified.
I just came from That High Lonesome Sound, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Showcase. It's a collection of short plays written by a group of playwrights based around a theme for the festival, this year provided by bluegrass musician and Kentucky boy, Ben Sollee, and the stories and talents of the season's Acting Apprentices. The theme of That High Lonesome Sound is the old-timey stories, myth, legends, and heartaches of Kentucky coal-country, then and now, which included a healthy dose of hip-hop. Old Crow Medicine Show is old-timey music done by young folk, in case you thought that last sentence was incoherent. And why would you think that? I've only been up since 6:30 AM, driven 8.5 hours, seen two plays in four hours and it's only 12:30 AM. Why would anything I wrote be incoherent?
That Justified disclaimer is making more sense now, isn't it?
In other words, the mix of elegiac stories of loss, melancholy stories of missed loved ones, humorous tall tales of grannies and banjos, and a version of Man of Constant sorrow that had been washed through an MPC and a fair bit of Compton was right up my alley. The show had an amazing energy, loads of pathos, quite a bit of soul, and spadefuls of humor. Fantastic stuff from the Apprentice Company, Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti, Cory Hinkle, Charise Castro Smith, and Ben Sollee.
I'm running out of adjectives and my sentences are running on and on and--