Big Easy Express

Big Easy Express (S2BN Films)

DVD Reviews

Big Easy Express

(S2BN Films)

Big Easy Express lacks the dramatic arc familiar to documentaries. There's no low point, no conflict, no falling apart. "Everyone is so happy to be on the tour, like it's the tour of dreams," glows Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall. Following Mumford, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros as they hit the rails for a weeklong train tour, the film captures trackside shows, including a local stop where the Mumfords recruited the Austin High marching band for a massive collaboration of "The Cave." In between the pristine concert footage, there are superb train jams. "The quality of music being played on this train ... it's all getting my heart," reflects now-departed Old Crow Willie Watson. The cinematic and often profound doc peaks in New Orleans with an ecstatic curtain call of the tours' adopted anthem, "Bound for Glory." They were.

READ MORE
More Big Easy Express
Jump, Jive, and More
Jump, Jive, and More
SXSW Film announces its feature lineup

Kimberley Jones, Feb. 3, 2012

More Band of Heathens
ACL Music Fest 2013 Sunday Reviews
Band of Heathens
Sunday Morning Record (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Oct. 4, 2013

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
All ATX Vol. 4
Low Down Violet Crown (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
Walter Daniels
"Almost Got Hit by a Truck" b/w "My Mind Got Bad", "Voodoo Working" and "Stimulant" b/w "I Get Off on It", "Graveyard Shift" b/w "They Can Only Fill One Grave" (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Dec. 2, 2016

More by Kevin Curtin
Playback: Mother Falcon’s Major Label Deal That Wasn’t
Playback: Mother Falcon’s Major Label Deal That Wasn’t
Mother Falcon signs to Universal and seconds later terminates the contract

Dec. 9, 2016

The Local Struggle
The Local Struggle
Native American veterans take on ETP in Austin

Dec. 9, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Big Easy Express, Band of Heathens

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)