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Movie Review: Hank Garland's Crazy Story

Updated: May 20


Heartbreaking true life story of the legendary Hank Garland
Hank Garland

Hank Garland’s “Crazy” life story sent chills down my spine.. "Crazy: The Hank Garland Story" is a biopic film directed by Rick Bieber that takes us into the life and career of legendary session guitarist Hank Garland. The movie details Garland's meteoric rise to fame in the 1950s and 1960s and captures his immense talent, musical innovation, and his very public turbulent personal life. 





Garland's groundbreaking contributions to country, jazz, and rock music, are highlighted while showcasing his unique style and virtuosity on the guitar. The movie takes us on Garland's journey from a young, prodigious musician to a part of the original Nashville “A-Team.” Garland played with legendary icons like Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and Roy Orbison. 


However, Garland's success was challenged by upsetting the proverbial apple cart as he collaborated with musicians outside of Nashville, from a variety of backgrounds and genres. Additionally, his personal struggles, including a near-fatal car accident is also brought into question as it significantly impacted his ability to play and perform.


The film captures the challenges Garland faced in rebuilding his career and finding his place in the evolving music industry. One of the highlights of "Crazy: The Hank Garland Story" is the portrayal of Garland's complex personality and relationships. 




The movie offers a nuanced and somewhat controversial depiction of his interactions with fellow musicians, industry insiders, and loved ones, showcasing the highs and lows of his professional and personal life. Through candid interviews and dramatized scenes, the film provides insight into Garland's artistic genius, his battles, and the lasting impact of his music on generations of musicians.


The film's cinematography and soundtrack pay homage to Garland's musical legacy, featuring electrifying performances and authentic recreations of iconic recording sessions. We'e treated to a sonic journey through Garland's innovative guitar work, which seamlessly blends country twang with jazz sophistication and rock 'n' roll energy. The attention to detail in capturing the essence of Garland's sound and style adds depth and authenticity to the film's portrayal of Garland's musical genius.


"Crazy: The Hank Garland Story" is a compelling biopic that celebrates the life and artistry of a true guitar virtuoso. Through a mix of archival footage, interviews, and dramatized scenes, the film brings Garland's story to life, offering a glimpse into the mind of a musical pioneer.


 Fans of country, jazz, and rock music will appreciate the film's exploration of Garland's innovative approach to the guitar and the impact he had on shaping the sounds of an era. Overall, "Crazy" is an eye opening view into the chaotic life of a remarkable musician whose influence continues to resonate. I strongly encourage you to watch this movie as it provides some very tragic, but nonetheless important lessons on relationships, the status quo, and life. You can watch it free here.


 

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I saw the movie. What a sad story.

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