May 1 is finally here (happy May Day!), and that means that the world premiere of Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer’s new series, $5 Cover, is only hours away! All week I’ve been putting you on to the Memphis-based music mini-series’ many characters and performances. But the time for metaphors and flowery language has passed. Here’s a straight-up description of what you can expect to see on MTV.com tonight.
$5 Cover is a series of vignettes starring Memphis-based musicians as themselves. Not only do they grace you with exclusive live performances of their best songs, but they also invite you into their lives, dirty laundry and all, so you can see exactly what it means to be a creative force in the city where American music was born.
Among the bands featured are Lucero (an epic, Springsteen-esque Americana rock band lead by gravelly-voiced bad boy Ben Nichols), Amy LaVere (a bluesy chanteuse who sings dark ballads about loves gone wrong), Al Kapone (a rhythm-conscious rapper who made a name for himself on the Hustle & Flow soundtrack), Two Way Radio (a quirky pop group lead by squeaky Kate Crowder) and many others (Snowglobe, Jack Oblivian, Muck Sticky, Valerie June, River City Tanlines, etc).
Much of the action centers around Clare Grant, a sexy A-bomb of potential energy. The tough blonde in short-shorts breaks up relationships, friendships and more, all in an effort to solidify a love of her own. The drama drags you all over Memphis, from juke joints to recording studios, to Roller Derby arenas.
$5 Cover throbs with the living pulse of the dichotomous and sometimes sinister Southern city that took away our Martin Luther King and gave us the King of Rock’N’Roll.
Watch as musical forces of good and evil collide in tonight’s world premiere of Craig Brewer’s $5 Cover.