Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Bluegrass Journey

One of the things about art is you give people an excuse to take some time to be quiet and pay attention to something, and maybe under the guise of enjoyment think about the important things in life” Tony Rice

The documentary “Bluegrass Journey” covers the who, how, and why of many contemporary bluegrass styles and the roots these styles branch from. I cannot describe this better than the synopsis on the Bluegrass Journey website so I am just going to copy their words.

This passionate and affecting performance documentary celebrates the virtuoso artistry and joyous community of contemporary bluegrass music. Musically depicting many of the traditional roots and some of the more far-reaching branches of the genre, BLUEGRASS JOURNEY employs verite footage, thoughtful interviews, and vividly captured extended performances to weave a seamless tapestry that transports and enraptures the devoted fan and newcomer alike. Featuring some of the most celebrated practitioners of this traditional-sounding but still evolving musical form, the film presents a sonically rich and visually stunning portrait that often leaves viewers suppressing applause and cheers after each number. Musical performances by such bluegrass luminaries as the Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Rhonda Vincent, Nickel Creek, and many others, create an indelible impression that leaves no doubt about why this timeless music has exploded in popularity in recent years. Exhilarating, joyous and rich, intelligent and timely, BLUEGRASS JOURNEY will leave you wanting to hear more. (86 minutes, USA, 2003)


Jerry Douglas & Friends
The Del McCoury Band
Bob Paisley & The Southern Grass
Buddy Merriam & Back Roads
Dry Branch Fire Squad
The Peter Rowan Texas Trio
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
Tim O'Brien & The Crossing
Mandolin Workshop
Bluegrass Youth All-Stars
Nickel Creek
Old Crow Medicine Show
Bull Harman & Bull's Eye
Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass
The Krüger Brothers
Don Rigsby & Friends
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Lonesome River Band
John Carlini & Friends
Tim O'Brien & Friends

Bluegrass Journey Videos on You Tube

Tony Rice plays Shenandoah

Nickel Creek

Tony Rice Peter Rowan


red molly said...

Thank you for the link...I will check it out.

John L. Kerns said...

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott would be incredible. Two of the best.