From Scrap Iron to Solid Gold, Or Close To It

Scrap Iron, featured here in a clip from Hal Samples' doc-in-progress, performs tonight at the Granada. When's the last time your only wish came true?
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Toward the end of November, we posted a clip from local photog Hal Samples' doc-in-progress Dreamtown, about the homeless in Dallas. In that clip, Samples featured a man named Ford, who also goes by the name Scrap Iron "due to a life altering experience he had after a man gave him a harmonica three years ago," Samples wrote on his Web site. But what you don't see or hear in the clip is Samples asking Scrap Iron the following question:

"If you could have anything in the world and it's guaranteed, what would it be?"

"Anything?" Scrap Iron asked.

"Anything," Samples repeated. To which Scrap Iron responded, "A couple, maybe three microphones and a crowd full of people. That's it."

Tonight, he gets his wish. At the Granada Theater, no less. Opening, more or less, for Austin's Black Angels.

Actually, Samples tells Unfair Park, Scrap Iron will perform between sets from locals The Tah-Dahs and Shanghai 5. He says they'll show the clip during which Scrap Iron makes his wish -- "and then, boom, the spotlight'll hit him and he'll start playing." Scrap Iron will perform a couple of numbers, and though it was initially intended to be a surprise to the audience, Samples figures maybe Friends of Unfair Park who saw the initial clip might be interested in catching the debut performance of a homeless man living his dream. And it's for a good cause: The show's a fundraiser for the Family Gateway Center, which feeds, clothes, shelters and provides job-resource training for the homeless.

Also on stage tonight: Our Pal Zac Crain, whose 2004 Dallas Observer profile of Samples sparked ZC's interest in becoming a mayoral candidate.

Oh, and Samples also tells us he's about to go on tour with the Black Angels, who're opening for the Black Keys during their forthcoming European tour, which will include shows in London (at the famed Shepherds Bush Empire), Paris and points in between. Hal will be providing onstage visuals, which means video footage he's shot of everything from "the London bomings -- I was there the day before they happened -- to the 900-foot Jesus in Rio de Janeiro to Dealey Plaza." That footage will be mashed-up with movies featuring the likes of Laurel and Hardy, John F. Kenney and Martin Luther King Jr., among others. --Robert Wilonsky

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