Some folk that know me know I have to see dang near err movie that's filmed in, set in or tied to Missouri
(whurr I grew up). With the Bourne Trilogy
, those ties were somewhat tenuous... Badass Jason Bourne
is merely informed that his real name is David Webb
and he's from Nixa
. No wonder he joined the military. Needless to say, people are sick of hearing me talk about my home state, but most of yins are strangers so it will hopefully be only a fraction as annoying as what they put up wither pritnear err time I sip on somethin'.
I just sawl Winter's Bone
the other day. What can I say? The boyz (and gulz) in the woodz is always hard! Wisely, they actually filmed in the Ozarks
rather than in Canada
or some other pale stand-in. Not much in the way of distracting celebrities either. Perfect music by Tindersticks
' Dickon Hinchliffe
. Real recognize real, ya heard? Anywho, hurr's my pretty complete timeline of Mo Films.
MO MOVIES IN THE SILENT ERA
for the people who made "Show Me" thurr motto. With outlaws from Missouri including Tom Horn
, and badass cowgirls Belle Star
and Calamity Jane
, it's kind of surprising how many Missouri-set Westerns overwhelmingly favor popular Missourian Jesse James
. Apparently, the most Missouri silent movie would have Huck Finn
and Tom Sawyer
joining the James Gang
. Just consider the following silent films set in the state:
The James Boys in Missouri (1908), Coals of Fire (1911), In Mizzoura (1914), Tom Sawyer (1917), In Mizzoura (1919), Huckleberry Finn (1920), Jesse James as the Outlaw (1921) and Jesse James (1927).
MO MOVIES IN THE EARLY SOUND ERA
In the American South, traditions from Celtic music, folk, blues, gospel and mountain music melded together into what was originally known as Hillbilly music. Hillbilly produced some incredibly popular artists like Jimmie Rodgers, who sold over a million records in the '20s, back when there were probably like 2 million people in the country.
In 1949, Billboard started referring to it as Country, since many Hillbillies began to feel like they were performing some kind of minstrelsy for urban, northern audiences who'd stick some straw baies on the stage to make these noble savages feel at home.
Anyway, it wasn't just popular at home. There are seemingly more fans of country outside of the U.S. than in it. Before long, other countries were producing their own Country, influenced by the original but occasionally tailored to their own traditions.
It shouldn't really come as a surprise that Canada, our kid sibling to the north, would have their fair share of Country musicians. in fact, outside of the U.S., Canada is the Countryest country. Originally it developed out of their heavily Celtic Maritime Provinces. Most Country, however, mirrors the U.S.'s and many Canadian Country artists have infiltrated Nashville unsuspected and undetected, capable of producing Pop Country as bland as our indigenous experts. Most Canadian Country musicians sing about Tennessee this and Kentucky that, happy to not reflect their own backgrounds. Those that do have a more distinctly Canadian tone often have an elevated Folk aspect to their music.
Canadian Country artists include Shania Twain
, Adam Gregory
, Hank Snow
, Paul Brandy
, Wilf Carter, Tommy Hunter
, Stompin' Tom Connors
, Corb Lund
, George Canyon
, Don Messer, Anne Murray
, Lucille Starr
, Marg Osburne
, Ian Tyson
, Mercey Brothers, Maurice Boyler
, Gordie Tapp
, Carroll Baker
, Bob Nolan
, Stu Davis
, Gene MacLellan
, Myrna Lorrie
, Ray Griff
, Ronnie Prophet
, Colleen Peterson
, The Good Brothers
, Terry Carisse
and Prairie Oyster
The 3rd Wednesday of the October, this year the 15th.
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Missouri
In my experience, when you'ins tell people you’re from Missouri, most people reply self-satisfiedly with "don't you mean Missouruh?" or, alternately, "where is Missouri? I don’t think I’ve ever been there."
Whether Missouri is Lower Midwestern or Upper Southern is a common conversation amongst Missourians... at least on the internet. In my experience, Missouri's Midwestern neighbors, centered along the Great Lakes, (haters) usually disparage it as a hick state whurr test scores are low, the accent is ugly and you'ins can buy fireworks, liquor and ammo... all in the same place. Missouri's Southern neighbors (also haters) usually don't consider it to be Southern because Missouri didn't side with the South in the Civil War (well, that's complicated-- thurr were 30,000 gray and 109,000 blue) and because South Coasters love to disassociate themselves from the Upland South. Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Thomas Hart Benton all seem fairly Southern, no? And T.S. Elliot, William Burroughs and Maya Angelou don’t so much, right? Cultural cringe I reckon, plays a part in this confusion.