From 2005 to 2007, I filmed the band Dread Clampitt as part of my first feature-length documentary project, Bayou Country. To truly do justice to the stories of those connected to this film, I decided to divide Bayou Country into multiple companion projects. Back From The Dread is the first of those to be released, and is a joint production with friend and fellow filmmaker Wayne Franklin.
The music documentary/concert film brings into focus the challenges of pursuing success on your own terms, the difficulty of classifying the band’s sound, the wear and tear of the road and the ever-present battle to avoid the record store’s “speed bin.”
These early years in Dread Clampitt’s journey are captured through a series of entertaining and behind-the-scenes interviews with band members, highlighted by live performances at the Acoustic Café Music Festival (Hayden, AL.), the Funky Blues Shack (Destin, FL), The Grey Eagle (Ashville, NC), Magnolia Music Festival (Live Oak, FL), WDVX Radio (Knoxville, TN.), and Workplay Theatre (Birmingham, AL.) Back From The Dread also features a special quest appearance by the band’s friend and mentor, Duke Bardwell, a former bassist for Elvis Presley.
As with most bands, the lineup and musical style of Dread Clampitt continues to evolve. This film is intended to pay tribute to the band’s history, and is dedicated to all the loyal supporters and fans of Dread Clampitt — past, present and future.
Many “thanks” to Balder, Kyle, Kenny and Justin ... and all the band’s wonderful fans!