Phenomenal World Cinema presents you with a 25 minute documentary about legendary folksinger Michael Hurley, based on chance encounters with him this past summer. Hurley's music has had a broad influence on other performers, including Lucinda Williams, Smog, Yo La Tengo, Violent Femmes, and singer Cat Power, who's recorded several of his songs for her albums.
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"Whether weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human heart to a mechanic's toolbox, Mr. Hurley creates elaborate vistas in a musical version of outsider art"
- Ann Powers / New York Times
"Hurley is a national treasure"
- Scott Schinder / Time Out New York
"Hurley remains one of the elusive masters of American folk"
- Chris Morris / Billboard
"Undoubtedly one of this country's greatest folk singers, Hurley has little in common with the majority of today's folk performers. While they seem bent on demonstrating that all people are alike, such a suffocating presumption has no place in this man's work. Michael Hurley is nothing like his potential audience. What better reason to hear what he has to say?"
- Chuck Cuminale/ Colorblind James
"...I don't know what else to say about what he writes and sings, other than that it is gosh-darned great. What kind of music is it? Hell, what kind of weeds does God grow? Let's just shut up and listen and go to where Michael Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come back. He can't."
- Nick Tosches/ Author