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I’d always been dubious of the Kings of Leon backstory. Raised in a tiny Oklahoma small town American by a pentecostal family, these musicial giants foresaked their heritage to become rock and roll stars. It just seemed like something the marketing department of a record label would dream up.
So I fully recant my suspicisions now having seen Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon which premieres Sunday night on Showtime after a series of festival runs. This doc shows the Followill brothers as teens, singing church choir songs in powder blue suits and introduces viewers to their extended clan. In fact, the band members play almost passive roles in this doc, where scenes are stolen by some amazing small town characters and the Kings’ various uncles. This doc, directed by first timer Stephen Mitchell and produced by Casey McGrath, is actually one of my favorite music docs of the year, even though the band doesn’t move me musically. But the film is a bold kalidescope of story, background, impressions, characters and music and is surprisingly moving in many ways. Definitely worth catching.