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6/28/2013 6:01:00 AM
Upcoming 'Sharknado' film features local musician's tune
CourtesyA local musician has a song featured in the upcoming Syfi feature film ‘Sharknado,’ which is about sharks invading the flooded streets of Los Angeles. Believe it or not, it’s actually not a documentary.

A local musician has a song featured in the upcoming Syfi feature film ‘Sharknado,’ which is about sharks invading the flooded streets of Los Angeles. Believe it or not, it’s actually not a documentary.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - "Sharknado" sounds like the title of a B-movie - which is good, because it is.

But for Kingman's own Jammin' Joe Buck, "Sharknado" could be the start of something beautiful.

"Sharknado" is a campy story about a super-tornado that swamps Los Angeles with sharks that it sucks out of the Pacific Ocean. Since sharks are the only life form the tornado lifts from the water, humans are their only food source.

The population is terrified because, well, what could be more terrifying than people-eating sharks on normally dry land?

We digress. This story isn't a review for "Sharknado," which premiers on the Syfi channel July 11.

This is a story about a local vision-impaired man watching his career take off as a one-man-band - songwriter, mixer, producer and promoter.

One of the songs Buck wrote and recorded is "Anger Management," from his debut album "Jammin' Joe Buck, the Amazing 1 man Groove Machine." The song is featured during a scene at a convenience store.

"You can hear it in the background," Buck said. "They tell me quite a bit of it gets played."

Buck's album features a blend of jazz, funk and soul, and with laudable skill he plays every instrument on every song, sings lead and backup vocals, and then intricately blends each recorded solo into a song that sounds like several musicians in a highly talented band.

Failed eyesight, due to a rare condition called retinitis pigmentosa, led the 40-year-old legally blind musician to trade a career as a National Rifle Association-credentialed firearms instructor for one in the music industry.

Buck licensed his music for film and other projects and it didn't take long for a fan to come calling.

"The director of 'Sharknado' is Anthony Ferrante," Buck said. "He's a fan of my music and he called and asked if I had something kind of Elvis bluesy. I sent him a song and he loved it."

Buck said he hopes "Sharknado" whips up interest from other filmmakers.

"Hopefully, there's more to come," he said. "I'm pushing hard to get my music heard. I'm doing intros for pod casts and what not, and I'm doing radio shows in the U.S. and the United Kingdom."

The cast of "Sharknado" features Tara Reid of "Scrubs" and "The Big Lebowski," John Heard of "Home Alone," Ian Ziering of "Beverly Hills 90210" and others.

A summary explained it like this: Regulars of a beachside bar investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the sky.

It sounds like "Sharknado" has the makings of a cult classic. Nothing would please Jammin' Joe Buck more.

"The movie is getting great reviews. I hope they show it a lot, because I get royalties," he said with a chuckle.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Speaking of Jaws .....

29-year-old and 210-lb Joey Chestnut yesterday won the Nathan's World famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. His nickname is Jaws, and he whoofed down 69 Nathan's hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes - a little over 9 seconds each. Jammin Joe should grab this guy as lead actor in Sharknado, for obvious reasons - he would defeat the sharks be eating them. (delete)

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: it ain't exactly Jaws .....

This is called an Indie film, and a few have done well. Generally, they have to play upon a sentiment which has not been finding an outlet, or a story is told which by its nature is compelling and finds audience favour. This one sounds like "Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes", or "Billy The Kid Versus Dracula". If he wants to make money, the plot better include something about how Obama's secret government weather modification program deliberately created the shark problem as part of New World Order plans to reduce the population. The final scene would have the sharks finally defeated and Obama impeached and sent to prison, to be fed shark three meals a day until he confesses to the plot.

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Too Funny

If the movie lives up to the description in this article, I'll be watching with a big bowl of popcorn. I doubt the producers were intending to make a comedy, but it sounds like they succeeded beyond all expectations.

Best of luck with this, Jammin' Joe Buck!

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

Congratulations, your foot is in the door, time to push it open. Good luck and I can't wait to read more stories about Joe in the future.

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Movie .

An Oscar contender for-sure.

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