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Alison Brown Encourages Support of The Porchlight Sessions

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The Porchlight SessionsAlison Brown tells our readers, "I wanted to make you aware of a great new documentary about bluegrass. It's called The Porchlight Sessions and it's being produced by a very talented young filmmaker named Anna Schwaber. She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to complete the film." Check out a trailer below.

Anna has already captured priceless interviews with the some of bluegrass music's founding fathers including Ralph Stanley, Bobby Osborne and Doc Watson. Current masters and progressive trendsetters including Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Infamous Stringdusters, Mumford & Sons and Crooked Still - to name just a few - are captured in interview and performance. I think The Porchlight Sessions will emerge as the most important telling of the bluegrass story in the past 20 years and I hope you'll consider supporting it with a donation.

Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, often spoke of the music's ancient tones describing the Irish and Scottish traditional music that helped shape his sound; even today there is an extensive repertoire of tunes and songs common to bluegrass and Celtic musicians. Bluegrass music is very much a product of the diverse cultural influences that inspired Bill Monroe and, like America’s best cultural exports, its infectious sound has continued to draw new adherents and spawn new festivals across the world. Check out this traditional fiddle tune (also below) from the film.

The Porchlight Band takes to the Porch. from Porchlight Sessions on Vimeo.

I hope you'll consider joining the many who have already pledged their support to The Porchlight Sessions.

Banjoistically yours,
Alison Brown
Compass Records Group Co-Founder

Cybergrass ran an article earlier on The Porchlight Sessions with more information about this outstanding project.

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