PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Tony Winner Steve Kazee Picks His Favorite Indie-Rock and Alt-Country Songs
09 Apr 2014
"Jim Cain" (Bill Callahan). Callahan deserves a whole playlist to himself, but of this reclusive singer-songwriter's catalog, this is my favorite. It's the first song on the accompanying video. Lyrically, it's as if Callahan is speaking only to you. The deep tone of his voice only furthers that feeling. "I started out in search of ordinary things. How much of a tree bends in the wind? I started telling the story without knowing the end." Great start to a great song.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.