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'Rattle the Hocks'

Produced + Directed by Cody Dickinson

Starring Alyssa and Doug Graham

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"The railroads are always pumping out from the heart to the lungs and beyond, breathing new life into the music."

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"The railroads are always pumping out from the heart to the lungs and beyond, breathing new life into the music."

There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americana music, our goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape.

Rattle the Hocks, directed and produced by Cody Dickinson (son of late auteur, legendary James Dickinson and founding member of the North Mississippi Allstars) is a musical documentary that captures The Grahams relentless journey to explore the relationship between railroads and American roots music-though what's inadvertently captured is a husband and wife obtaining their American dream.

Dickinson captivates audiences with the rhythms and energies of the transport system and the momentum of its time, as Doug's masterful resonator slide work and harmonies fuel Alyssa's locomotive voice and acoustic guitar chords. Together they ride steamlined rails, jumping aboard Amtrak cars including the Adirondack Line, the Texas Eagle, the Heartland Flyer and the Sunset Limited, crisscrossing the country as the land that informs their songs whizzes by.

To Dickinson, working with The Grahams was a joy and a gift. He believes very few recording artists can perform with cameras around -that it takes a special kind of talent and willingness to bear your artistic heart and soul. But even more so, it takes trust.

"That trust means the world to me and is what translates into a beautiful performance," said Dickinson. "The Grahams are the real deal, they thrive in the moment. That's what makes Rattle the Hocks so compelling and exciting."

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Cast + Crew


"This is the royal road, traveled by the Kings and Queens of American music. This was our chance to make music with some of the greatest of them" 

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"This is the royal road, traveled by the Kings and Queens of American music. This was our chance to make music with some of the greatest of them" 

Cast + Crew

Additional Cast & Crew:

Bryan McCann, Luther Dickinson, Duwayne Burnside, Sharde’ Thomas, Alvin Youngblood Hart, John C. Stubblefield (Lucero), Rick Steff (Lucero), Lester Snell, Sam Shoup, Stu Cole, Sharisse & Shontelle Norman (The Norman Sisters), Mark Rubin, Charlie Halloran,  Brian “Bongo” Davis, Piano Man Pictures, Shelby Baldock, Chad Allen Barton, Brandon Robertson, Eric Tate, Charlie Metz, Jared Callen, Richard Lester, Spencer Lucas, Kevin Houston, Matt Ross-Spang, Lawerence “Boo" Mitchell, Eric Heigle

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 “Rattle the Hocks, surveys the heart of the American landscape with a love that is rare and passion that is fired by souls of so many great musicians have gone before them.”

- No Depression
 

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 “Rattle the Hocks, surveys the heart of the American landscape with a love that is rare and passion that is fired by souls of so many great musicians have gone before them.”

- No Depression
 


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Glory Bound


 

"Sometimes I need to put the hammer down.  This heart may bleed but it still gets me ‘round.  These engines whine when the pistons pound. This train is Glory Bound."

 

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Glory Bound


 

"Sometimes I need to put the hammer down.  This heart may bleed but it still gets me ‘round.  These engines whine when the pistons pound. This train is Glory Bound."

 

GLORY BOUND OFFICIAL ALBUM

GLORY BOUND OFFICIAL ALBUM

   RATTLE THE HOCKS SOUNDTRACK

   RATTLE THE HOCKS SOUNDTRACK

GLORY BOUND DELUXE feat. DAVID GARZA, SARA & SEAN WATKINS, JOHN FULLBRIGHT, AND MILK CARTON KIDS

GLORY BOUND DELUXE feat. DAVID GARZA, SARA & SEAN WATKINS, JOHN FULLBRIGHT, AND MILK CARTON KIDS

American folk duo The Grahams have spent much of their lives exploring music together.  Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi's Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, Riverman's Daughter. For its follow-up, Glory Bound, they rode the rails - and wound up recording not only a studio album, but a documentary and live album on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak's famed City of New Orleans train.

Their new long-player was helmed by Grammy nominated producer Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap) at his 115 Recording studio in Norman, Okla., and was released on May 19. Recording in Oklahoma holds special significance for a couple raised as Dylan-loving New York City suburban kids who spent weekends strumming campfire songs in the Adirondacks. Like many Dylan fans, they traced their way back to his greatest inspiration.

The Grahams' songs for these projects, often co-written with collaborator-since-childhood Bryan McCann, capture the rhythms and energies of that transport system and the momentum of its time, While offering the listener a big range and a storyteller's delivery.

That's another element of these collections that distinguishes them from mere historical repetition. "We're still our own artists; we're still living in the modern era," Doug explains. "We say in the film, and it's really true, we're not trying to re-create anything, we're trying to let the echoes ring in our ears."

"Even when we were in the studio with Wes, doing this very traditional kind of recording, a few local musicians stopped by and we were like, 'Hey, we've got these people here we've never met before who sing and play music. Let's do something together right now,'" Doug recalls.

"For us, making music is sort of whimsical," Alyssa notes. "We're not precious about anything."

 

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“Oh the rambling, I would trade my dignity for a night of sympathy.  Take my hand precious lover lay me down lay me down”

 

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“Oh the rambling, I would trade my dignity for a night of sympathy.  Take my hand precious lover lay me down lay me down”

 

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