So, check this shit out. College favorite cult actor/comedian David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development) teamed up with Frenchkiss Records honcho and Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler and the Orchard Video Network to create FKR.TV, an indie-counter-culture-friendly online network boasting original, mostly comedic content. And on that network is a new Web series called Bluejeans.
The show, which debuted yesterday (and which you can watch Episode 1 of above) is a loosely satirical take on the Williams legacy (sort of) that stars former Party Cannon frontman Ben Pearson (also the show’s creator) as a washed-up, “tiny-dick, redneck asshole” Hank III-type protagonist named Lil Benny Bluejeans. He’s the son of double-talking Bocephus-esque shyster “sexist, alcoholic, tax-evading hillbilly” country singer/stand-up comedian Big Benny Bluejeans II (“He’s a piece of shit, but he’s family”), who’s played by none other than resident Cream jester Chris Crofton. LBIII and BBII are grandson and son, respectively, of drug-addicted Big Benny Bluejeans Sr. — “the original outlaw” — who’s played by legendarily lecherous and drunk Nashville-outsider-music legend Dave Cloud. Shenanigans ensue.
Bluejeans is directed by Jeff Wyatt Wilson and written by local filmmaker Seth Pomeroy, whose masterful indie-rock doc Couldn’t You Wait? The Story of Silkworm came out earlier this year. That film (which is not a comedy) chronicles the decades-spanning, in-it-for-all-the-right-reasons career of arguably unprecedentedly underrated golden-era indie mainstays Silkworm, and which you should drop everything and watch immediately if you love rock ’n’ roll and stories of unbreakable, endearing friendship.
But before you jump to that, check out the Bluejeans pilot, which debuted yesterday, above. Keep an eye out for some other local-rock scenesters such as Joshua Hudson and Altered Statesman’s Steve Poulton.