Sayles Salutes The Blues With 'Honeydripper'

Director John Sayles has the blues on his mind with his new film, "Honeydripper," which premieres Dec. 28 in U.S. theaters.

Director John Sayles has the blues on his mind with his new film, "Honeydripper," which premieres Dec. 28 in U.S. theaters. The movie stars Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DeCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas.

Among the musicians who also appear are Keb' Mo', Dr. Mable John, Eddie Shaw and Jerry Portnoy. The film is set in Harmony, Alabama, in 1950, and concerns the struggling Honeydripper Lounge. Owner Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis must pull out all the stops to pay off mounting debts, and books big star Guitar Sam for one last gig to save the club.

The musicians who act in the film also make up the Honeydripper All-Star Band (guitarist Gary Clark Jr., vocalist Dr. Mable John, keyboardist Henderson Huggins, saxophonist Eddie Shaw, harmonica player Arthur Lee Williams), which has been playing blues festivals all summer. The group plans to be on the road through next spring.

A soundtrack is in the works, with details to be announced.