A former football star returns home to the family he left six years earlier to find some things have changed, while some have not – mostly within himself in the engaging family drama “Relative Stranger,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Saturday, March 14 (9/8c).
Difficult truths must be faced and forgiven in the engaging family drama "Relative Stranger," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Saturday, March 14 (9/8c). The all-star cast includes Emmy
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Blending the sounds of Delta slide greats such as Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson with his own eclectic past experience and training in classical guitar and heavy metal, Tompo is a 27 year old Australian blues musician with a big voice and a quietly endearing stage presence, using his guitars, blues harp, stomp-box and shakers to convey his heartfelt songs of 'good news blues.'
James Michael Thompson sound has been honed and refined by the influences of Jeff Lang, John Lee Hooker, Lloyd Spiegel, Paul Simon and Skip James. Beginning to gig in earnest in late 2004, James Michael Thompson credits include debuting at the acclaimed Bridgetown Blues Festival in 2005; supports for 'The Bondi Cigars and Lloyd Spiegel at the Perth Blues Club, hosting the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's (MBAS) blues night at the Cornish Arms and demonstrating the one-of-a-kind Ellis Guitars Seven String Resonator at the Frankston Guitar Festival in 2005. James Michael Thompson has also performed alongside the likes of Collard, Greens and Gravy; The Black Sorrows and Guy Davis at the Mordialloc Music by the Bay; Queensland songsmiths Loren & Marcus Bancroft; as well as performing on the same bill as Michael Franti and Jamie Cullum at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival. James Michael Thompson recorded his first E.P 'Light Your Way' in 2005, which has found its way into homes across Australia and has received airplay on local, national and international radio. The track 'Broken Bone Blues' was a finalist in the Western Australian Music Industry (WAM) Song of the Year contest for 2005.
He may be still a relative stranger to the Australian music scene but James Michael Thompson is fast winning fans and praise country-wide. He has been described by Sonia Meggs, the President of the MBAS as a 'true bluesman':
"At a very young age James Michael Thompson has captured the blues and made it his own. You will be enthralled by his presentation and style of his music, his vocals are deep and soulful reminding me of the past struggles of men working on a chain-gang, or in the cotton fields in the deep south in the days of slavery. James Michael Thompson is a true bluesman!" Sonia Meggs - President Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
From the movie Relative Strangers - Doug (Edward Herrmann) loses his temper during a game of charades.
From the movie Relative Strangers - Frank (Danny DeVito) and Agnes (Kathy Bates) come home early to greet their sons family and friends.
From the movie Relative Strangers - Frank (Danny DeVito) and Agnes (Kathy Bates) explain their family’s extensive medical history.
From the movie Relative Strangers - Richard (Ron Livingston) gets a giant cheese ball in the groin.
From the movie Relative Strangers - Richard (Ron Livingston) meets his biological parents for the first time.
From the movie Relative Strangers - Richard (Ron Livingston) fantasizes what his biological parents are like.
From the movie Mashups - As the holidays roll around, take a few tips from the movies on how to survive the season with grace (or, rather, how NOT to)... Featuring clips from:
Flirting with Disaster
The Money Pit
Meet the Parents
The Addams Family
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
The Nutty Professor
A short comedy film by Greg Glienna, the creator of Meet the Parents, A Guy Thing and Relative Strangers. SUSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL AND CHECK OUT MY OTHER SHORTS! "The Boss" "The Coin Machine" "The Violinist" and "A Love Story" and "Bridge"