Watermelon Man

I used to know a very talented blues musician out of Austin who played at Ski Shores there back in the mid-1990s. His name was Leighton Hamilton and he was also a blues historian and had a great collection of guitars, but his most cherished was his Style O National Steel. He passed away about a year before Robo.

I had learned of a movie he had made with independent Texas filmmaker Ross Wells — Of Strange Voices and Watermelon Men. I have to say, had it not been for Leighton’s appearance in the movie, I wouldn’t have bought the DVD or sat through the thing. Not to be mean, but honestly, that was the most cheesy film I ever fast-forwarded through. And as I said, what made it tolerable at all was the music.

I ripped portions of the DVD that had Leighton’s guitar work. And I share that with you now.

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01 L Hamilton 2007

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And here’s the video clip:

2 thoughts on “Watermelon Man”

  1. I was a very close friend with Leighton up until he moved to Austin from Boulder, CO, helped send him off that day. Was with him many hours while he played on the National Steel. His brother Al stayed with me a few months before he left for Austin before Leighton. I’m amazed to see this video of him, can you send it to me so I can send it to another friend of Leighto’s?

    Thanks much,

    Scott

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