Kurt Sutter’s new biker drama Mayans MC drops September 4. The first official trailer hit on Thursday. Sons of Anarchy was a certified phenomenon, and Clan Cornelius was there for the whole violent, over-the-top ride. We’ll saddle up with the Mayans, too.
I wrote at the end of the SOA ride that:
Sutter’s one of those creators that you have to take the bad with the good, the ridiculous with the sublime, because they are not separable. Only an extreme personality could have made SOA what it was and turned it into the ratings powerhouse that it became. Sutter’s lack of inhibition is an intrinsic part of his creation. It’s bootless to wish he could have been a more disciplined storyteller.
In the end, it doesn’t matter, at least to me. It was worth the ride.
I expect Mayans MC to deliver much the same: A mythology of the fundamental, feral male society — the gang — along with powerful and compelling women characters. If it does, I will be well satisfied.
Mayans also features two of the most charismatic Hispanic men to ever wear a cut. Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Riveras) dominated the screen every time he appeared in SOA. Totally convincing outlaw charisma.
And… Edward James Olmos. That’s a casting coup. Remember Miami Vice? Everybody knew that Lt. Castillo was THE MAN. Still is.
Tamara Saviano, who wrote the excellent Guy Clark biography Without Getting Killed Or Caught says that Steve Earle is recording an album of Guy Clark songs at the end of August for an early 2019 release.
That’ll make a memorial collection of songs from both of the men he called great teachers and bad role models. His album Townes was great (and apparently a big success for him, too).
I have a great deal of respect for Tamara Saviano, who became much more than a biographer to Guy Clark in his last years. She’s a real torchbearer for the music that means so much to me, and my hat is off to her. Looking forward to her documentary.
Frontier Partisans correspondent Paul McNamee accuses me of having way too much fun with the latest iteration of the red-haired Russian Sparrow Follies. Guilty. How can I resist?
Of course, that’s probably what Paul Erickson said. He’s the 56-year-old political operative the 29-year-old gun-lovin’ Russian agent of influence Maria Butina was living with. According to the Feds, she considered her relationship with the guy as “simply a necessary aspect of her activities.” Ouch. Sounds especially brutal in a Russian accent. She also allegedly offered sex “in exchange for a position within a special interest organization,” which is almost certainly the NRA.
A judge denied her bail. Apparently the Sparrow is a flight risk. You think?
Send lawyers guns and money — the shit has hit the fan!