Jerry McGill: a Confederate flag–wearing, self–described “Yankee killer”, the legendary wild man featured in William Eggleston’s Stranded in Canton, and a true moonshine–drinking, pill–popping saint of Memphis rock’n roll. Decades ago, Jerry spurned a promising music career for a life of crime, robbing banks and running from the FBI, all while touring incognito with legends of country music.
Jerry McGill sings a Mickey Newbury song, accompanied by Jim Lancaster & filmed by William Eggleston, in this exclusive out-take from Very Extremely Dangerous.
After his first single in 1959, McGill left Elvis and Memphis for the criminal underworld–kiting checks, defrauding banks, mastering invisibility. While on the run, he played guitar for Waylon Jennings and starred in a film by William Eggleston. Diagnosed with lung cancer, he surfaced in 2010, announcing he’d redeem himself by recording great music. Jerry’s affection for guns, booze, drugs and trouble was never going to make it easy, and the Faustian pact between filmmakers and subject eventually turns into a dangerous & violent journey.
Hot on the heels of last month’s sold out show, Wythe Hotel Cinema is proud to be running an encore screening on Sunday, February 9th, of the documentary Very Extremely Dangerous, produced by Robert Gordon and directed by Paul Duane. It’s a thrill ride on the trigger finger of career criminal and one-time Sun Records recording artist Jerry McGill.
Very Extremely Dangerous – Encore Screening at Wythe Hotel Cinema Sunday Feb 9, more info here.