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Just this past Friday, September 22 to be exact, Cinemax kicked off an animated series that gives a holler out to country music. Straight from a press release is information all about the series and just what icons get to tell their tales of life on the road.

MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS chronicles the tales of some of country music’s most legendary artists when the series begins its eight-episode season, exclusively on CINEMAX Friday nights at 10:30pm ET, followed by other half-hour episodes on subsequent Fridays at the same time.

Now here is a dose of just the kind of nonsense you’ll get to witness. Don’t let them fool ya country stars are rowdy.

Marking a return to his roots in animation and as a musician, Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head & Emmy nominee for HBO’s SILICON VALLEY) co-created, narrates and serves as an executive producer on the series, which recounts the raucous adventures of these musicians, as told by those who knew them best. It kicks off with an episode devoted to Johnny Paycheck, followed by episodes about Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette (in two parts), Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings (in two parts) and Blaze Foley.


TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS features animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, who share 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 was created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett; executive produced by Mike Judge, Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart and Dub Cornett; producer, Richard Mullins; composer, John Frizzell.

Now they are offering a look of Episode 01: Johnny Paycheck. Of course, after a non-specified time frame they might pull this offer, so if you are intrigued, check it out while it is up.  Written by: Mike Judge, Dub Cornett, Rich Mullins, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg Directed by: Mike Judge

In addition to selling 40 million records and producing chart-topping hits like “She’s All I Got” and “Take This Job and Shove It,” country music outlaw Johnny Paycheck became notorious for living the part. He was known for his music, grand theft auto, drug binges and stints in jail. At the height of Paycheck’s fame, he shot a man over a turtle soup recipe, which led to a high-profile trial, a prison sentence and one of his greatest hits, “Old Violin.”

If you are fortunate to have Cinemax then you’re in for a treat.

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