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Lonesome Will Mullins Featured in At the Feed & Seed Documentary

Lonesome Will Mullins BandLonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys are the featured band in the documentary At the Feed & Seed about the historic Feed & Seed building in Fletcher NC. The building serves as a church on Sunday and a bluegrass venue on Friday and Saturday nights. April Janow and Dax Cuesta of SIC Films are the producers. The film will be making it's debut at the Bear Bones Film & Music Festival in Muskogee, OK on April 5th, along with a performance by the band, which consists of Will Mullins , Adam Burrows, Jake Burrows and Dorse Sears.

Bluegrass Music Highlights “Live in Oregon” Documentary

The Whiskey RebellionWilmington, NC -- Hendy Street Produxions has announced it’s DVD Release and World Premiere of the feature length documentary Live in Oregon. The historical Byrd Theatre in Richmond, VA will host the film’s inaugural screening next month, October 11th. A 21st century tale of adventure, discovery and every music enthusiasts dream; Summer tour with your band! Trek along with progressive bluegrass band The Whiskey Rebellion as our voyage captures the essence of the “Musical American Dream”, an insider’s perspective seldom seen. The group feeds from a lush musical valley of diversity fused with an unmatched atonal talent.

The Tao of Bluegrass Accepted at Mill Valley Film Festival

Peter Rowan with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass BoysThe Peter Rowan Documentary, The Tao of Bluegrass will premiere to live audiences on October 7th and October 9th at the Mill Valley Film Festival. At the Monday, October 7, 7:00 pm screening at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. Come join a fun evening of music, the film, and Q&A with filmmaker Christine Funk and Bluegrass musician Peter Rowan.

New Film Documentary - Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B

Hershel Sizemore Mandolin in BBackyard Green Films releases documentary film. Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B. On the evening of February 19th, 2012 bluegrass stars came out for a special benefit concert in Virginia and the music community that supported the event captures the spirit of the man being feted. This video is a celebration of that event and of Herschel Sizemore.

Scene 35, a Documentary on the Seldom Scene Being Produced

The Seldom SceneG.T. Keplinger, from Towson, MD, is a full-time assistant professor at Stevenson University where he teaches narrative and documentary production and editing. He is working on Scene 35, a documentary about the Seldom Scene, Washington DC's own nationally-known bluegrass band. The Seldom Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The basement jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge started the whole thing. Who would have thought that 40 years later, this band would have become one of the single largest contributers to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded.

"Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass" Documentary Released

Pioneers of Bluegrass MusicIt's finally here! After 11 years in the making the DVD documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words has been released to anxiously awaiting bluegrass music fans. This labor of love by James Reams went through a whole gamut of production interruptions, any one of which would have stopped a less dedicated producer.

Birthplace of Country Music a Partner in Bringing "America's Music" to Bristol

 Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Bristol Public Library (BPL) is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo and hip hop. The first session—Blues and Gospel—will take place July 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 10, 2013.

Call For Films For 7th NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival

Bluegrass on BroadwayThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has issued it’s annual Call For Independent Films for the nation’s only festival devoted to new bluegrass-related documentary films. The Seventh Annual NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival will be held on January 26, 2014 in Redwood City. The film festival is part of the weekend’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Museum of Broadcast Communication Hosts WLS National Barn Dance 89th Anniversary

WLS National Barn DanceThe Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) will celebrate the 89th anniversary of The National Barn Dance radio show in the actual historic WLS studio on March 23 at 3pm. The special event will feature an afternoon of classic country music, historic reflections and documentary clips from The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance.Filmmaker Stephen Parry will host the anniversary celebration that will benefit The National Radio Hall of Fame, which is housed inside the MBC.

Help James Reams Celebrate his Birthday

James ReamsJames Reams of James Reams & The Barnstormers will be celebrating his birthday this week. We hope you'll help him celebrate by playing his music in honor of his special day. This year also marks James' 20th anniversary as a bandleader! James Reams & The Barnstormers are touring coast-to-coast in honor of the occasion. In addition, the long awaited release of the DVD documentary, Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words is expected to occur by mid-year.

USA Projects Campaign for The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance

The Hayloft GangThe Hayloft Gang traces the history of the pioneering radio show, The National Barn Dance, and its role in shaping American music and popular culture. Unfortunately, the Emmy nominated documentary could be destined for obscurity, unless funds can be raised to license the music used in the film.

Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass Funded with Kickstarter

Pioneers of Bluegrass MusicA big "Thank You!" to everyone who donated to the Kickstarter Campaign for the DVD documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words. We couldn't have done it without your help! DJs and media from everywhere pitched in to help us spread the word. Donations were received from all over the world. The campaign was successfully completed in October and funded in November. Post-production has started and we plan to release the documentary by mid-2013. Those of you who contributed at the $25 level and higher will receive copies of the DVD as soon as it is completed.

Premiering On PBS The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance

The Prairie Ramblers and Patsy Montana Courtesy of Michael MontanaSan Francisco -- Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance tells the story of a changing America through the lens of one of the nation's most popular country music radio shows during the 1930s and ‘40s: The National Barn Dance. The one-hour documentary weaves rare performance footage, home movies, and candid photographs with firsthand accounts from fans and performers. Interviews with historians, folklorists, and media experts reveal historical and cultural perspectives of this unique period in America’s history. Produced and directed by Stephen Parry with supervisory producer Bob Hercules, The Hayloft Gang begain airing on PBS nationwide September 1, 2011 (check local listings).

Country Music Birthplace “Echoes of the Blue Ridge” DVD Release Sept 30

Echoes of the Blue RidgeBristol, TN/VA -- The Appalachian Cultural Music Association will release a documentary on the birthplace of country music to the public on Sunday, September 30th at 3:00 pm at the ACMA Pickin’ Porch located on the upper level of the Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia. There will be plenty of live bluegrass and old time music at the event to celebrate the project’s release.

Porchlight Sessions World Premiere Held at FreshGrass Festival Friday

Bluegrass Music LegendsFriday, the world premiere of Porchlight Sessions, a documentary that filmmaker Anna Schwaber calls “Bluegrass 101, took place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s(MASS MoCA) FreshGrass bluegrass music festival. The second annual FreshGrass festival turned the whole museum into nothing short of a bluegrass music amusement park.

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