While Clare's character in '$5 Cover' may come across as unapologetically lost and unmotivated; her passion and diligence to her work as an actress in real life would prove her to be otherwise. Throughout her life, Clare had submersed herself in theater until she began working on films in college when she met Craig Brewer and starred in her first short film for him. Shortly after landing a small but pivotal role in 'Walk the Line,' she moved to Los Angeles where she continues to work on feature films, television and new media projects.
While Amy LaVere's voice may have the high, breathy tone of a young girl, she brings to her music the emotional peaks and valleys of a grown woman who has certainly seen her share of the world. It's hard not to believe that her adventurous life has informed the work of this Memphis-based artist, who was raised in Bethany, Texas. Classic country, blues, and jazz sounds influence her music.
Memphis native Al Kapone followed in his forefathers' footsteps in helping to develop a new southern hip-hop sound, which was later dubbed crunk. Al Kapones newest project represents Southern rap bump laced with rock guitars, as well as songs with soulful bass guitar grooves and wah-wah guitars.
Ben Nichols is the frontman for the Memphis alt-country band Lucero. Lucero formed in the late '90s and the band has released a half-dozen or so albums since 2001, each drawing praise for the group's gritty, rootsy, and almost punk approach to country-rock and for Nichols' smoky, emotional vocal style.
Founded by singer/pianist Kate Crowder with her husband, bassist Corey, Two Way Radio is a unique, piano-driven rock band from Memphis, Tennessee, that combines simple pop melodies with intricate instrumental and vocal arrangements.
From the banks of the mighty Mississippi River comes this colorful character that embodies the definition of charisma. Quirky vocals, thought provoking lyrics, and a strangely fascinating blend of partying and inspiration, are the peanut butter and jelly of Muck Sticky.
Valerie is a self-taught guitar player, composer and troubadour of heartbreak ballads, folk songs, spirituals, soul-stirring blues and what she calls "Organic Moonshine Roots Music."
When members of Memphis-based the Oblivians went their separate ways in the late 1990s, Jack Yarber (aka Jack Oblivian, who also played in the roots punk act the Compulsive Gamblers, among others) released some solo records before hooking up with Scott Bomar to start a new band, the Tearjerkers.
The River City Tanlines is a three-piece rock 'n roll band from Memphis, Tennessee, that combines Delta-area musical heritage and 1970s punk fury. The Tanlines have been playing, recording and touring together since late 2004.
Formed by high-school friends Tim Regan and Brad Postlethwaite, Snowglobe's music traverses the psychedelic folk pathways first cleared by the likes of Gram Parsons and The Byrds and later explored by such artists as Neutral Milk Hotel and their Elephant 6 brethren.
Even after his debut release, Too Much Love, captured the imagination of Memphis' music lovers, Harlan T. Bobo remains a mystery. Instead of shedding light on the man behind the music, his intensely personal lyrics have actually served to help perpetuate his enigmatic persona.
Hill Country Revue is a modern Southern Rock/Blues band. As part of the North Mississippi Allstars, Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew have three Grammy nominated albums under their belt and have toured all over the world steadily since 1996, earning a legion of fans.
As one of the most in-demand session players around, Paul -- a virtuoso on drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and just about anything else that can be banged, plucked, bowed or strummed -- is practically his own family band.
Jeff Pope was born in raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He studied acting in Chicago, and got his break in movies when he was picked by producer John Singleton to play the john to Taryn Mannings prostitute in the now-legendary opening scene of 'Hustle & Flow.' This began a long friendship with director Craig Brewer that led to a part as Christina Ricci's drug dealer in 2007's 'Black Snake Moan' and Packy in '$5 Cover.'
Saki is currently attending Memphis College of Art where he is majoring in painting. He has been making movies since 2000. Working closely with Morgan Jon Fox and the Media Co-op, Saki was cast in Morgan's play, Red Pain(t). After that Saki worked on various short films with Morgan and the Media Co-op, those films include: OMG/ HaHaHa, Team Picture, Bright Sunny South, Away Awake, and Strawberry.
Chellie Bowman has lived in Memphis for 7 years. Before playing "Peg" on '$5 Cover,' she has been involved in numerous Memphis film projects, most notably 'Team Picture' by Kentucker Audley. Chellie has served at various non-profit organizations across Memphis, in areas from child abuse prevention to empowering urban female youth. She will be attending graduate school in the fall, where she is pursuing her passion of combining proactive community involvement and media studies in developing a public anthropology.
A filmmaker, actor and musician, Geoffrey's films and music videos have screened at festivals worldwide. Geoffrey worked on both sides of the camera in $5 Cover, playing the role of Nic and serving as one of the series camera operators.
The City Champs are the latest in a long lineage of Memphis musicians to grab the mantle of funky, soul-jazz instrumentals pioneered by acts like Booker T & the MGs, Willie Mitchell and The Bar-Kays. Their new album The Safecracker features 7 prime cuts of Stax, Hi Records and Blue Note inspired soul-jazz and funk, produced and engineered by Memphis producer and film composer, Scott Bomar (the Bo-Keys, 'Hustle & Flow') at his Electraphonic Recording studio.