Season one of the HBO’s animated series, Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, finishes up its run on Friday, November 10, 2017. The network’s just released details on the final two half-hour episodes of season one, with episode seven focusing on Waylon Jennings and episode eight spotlighting Blaze Foley.
The HBO series comes from Mike Judge, Richard Mullins, and Dub Cornett, and is executive produced by Judge, Cornett, Glen Zipper, and Sean Stuart. Mullins produces and John Frizzell is the music-oriented series’ composer.
The Plot: Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus recounts the raucous adventures of Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings (two parts), and Blaze Foley as told by those who knew them best. The series includes uncensored anecdotes about the exploits of these artists, brought to life by animated reenactments, woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.
Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus November 2017 Episodes:
Episode #7: “Waylon Jennings (Part Two)”
Debut: FRIDAY, NOV. 3 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Fed up with Nashville’s unwritten rules, Waylon Jennings put on his famous black hat, bucked the system and became one of country music’s original outlaws. He recorded what he wanted and how he wanted, usually high on cocaine in a studio known as “Hillbilly Central.” He also hired Hell’s Angels for protection, as well as to babysit his kid. Scoring a string of hits that included “Honky Tonk Heroes” and “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love),” Waylon was targeted by the feds for his coke-fueled antics. It only made his legend grow. After writing “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand,” Waylon shocked Nashville by quitting drugs cold turkey, getting sober all on his own.
Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.
Episode #8: “Blaze Foley” (season finale)
Debut: FRIDAY, NOV. 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
A legend in country music circles, yet largely unknown to the general public, Blaze Foley burned bright on the Austin, Texas music scene before being silenced well before his time. He was an intimidating physical presence with a wry sense of humor and the voice of an angel, who battled his demons by writing songs about them. Blaze hated hypocrisy as much as he loved booze and duct tape. He became best friends and brothers in self-destruction with fellow singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, and died tragically while trying to defend a friend from harm, but not before writing his greatest song, “If I Could Only Fly.”
Written by Mike Judge and Mark Monroe; directed by Mike Judge.