In this week's episode of Wits, actor Colin Hanks becomes Doug Bagelson, a man offering his services as a professional friend. Also, Jason Isbell plays songs from his latest album "Southeastern" and performs one of the most stunning covers of "Pancho and Lefty" ever. Plus, a resignation letter from a member of the band Lynryd Skynyrd in this week's Pop Song Correspondences.
You might know Colin Hanks from his roles in TV's Roswell, Dexter, Mad Men and films like The Guilt Trip, Orange County, King Kong and The House Bunny. Colin is currently directing a documentary about Tower Records and can be seen in the upcoming film Parkland.
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, native Jason Isbell has been honing his much touted songwriting craft for several years now. Jason has released three studio albums and a live album all highlighting his Southern roots, effortlessly smooth and impressive guitar tone and style, and classic songwriting.
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) named his flamboyant alter ego after the Har Mar mall in suburban St. Paul, Minn., where he spent his youth watching movies and writing songs about passersby in the food court. "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person," he says. "It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life. ... I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life, so now we're one and the same." His latest record, the soulful Bye Bye 17, was released April 23 on Cult Records, with the single Prisoner having its world debut on The Current.