After 50 years of the group playing local churches there’s no slowing down “Mother” Perry, even as she is the lone original member. Perry applies her religious faith to every part of her life: as a mother, as a retired restaurant owner and, of course, in her music.
Wisconsin native Phil Cook, who has played with Justin Vernon and Hiss Golden Messenger, is the newest member of the Branchettes band and his participation elevates Perry’s message to a wider audience (including an appearance at the Eaux Claires Festival).
At the center of the film is Cook’s effort to record the band’s first ever album, a live affair done at Perry’s original church. The story is incredibly life affirming and shot simply, with many testimonials from everyone around Perry. Stay Prayed Up reminds us of the power of music and the fearlessness that comes from believing in one’s self.