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King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin
King of Bluegrass The Life Times of Jimmy Martin
Director: George Goehl
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 6min

This DVD documents Martin's lifelong quest to become a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Known for his flamboyant dress and brash behavior, Martin is the rebel figure of bluegrass. From 1949 to 1954 he ...  more »


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Director: George Goehl
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Country, Pop, King, B.B., Biography
Studio: Thrill Jockey
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/20/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 6min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Not enough music - too much talk
Howard Milton | Oro Valley, AZ USA | 02/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I love Jimmy Martin - always have. I wish this DVD would have focused more on his music. Most of the music that they do play is cut into with dialogue of hunting trips, or Jimmy's negative thoughts of the Grand Ole Opry. It was interesting to view Jimmy's life, but once I have seen the documentary part, I do not need to view it again - whereas I would love to go back and play the music over and over again. Maybe he will make a volume 2 showcasing his music."
Jon Vaughn | Southern Indiana | 03/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For any Jimmy Martin fan or bluegrass fan for that matter, this is a movie to own. He's an interesting character and this movie proves it. He reminds me a lot of my late grandfather(my dad's dad). I was thoroughly impressed with this movie. It was so good to see Jimmy "in action". It shows that Jimmy is not just someone who has become a parody of himself or someone else, he's still a bluegrass/country "artist" after all these years. I had the privilege of seeing Jimmy at the bean blossom bluegrass festival in 2002, but it was great to see an in depth look at the man behind "the legend". I don't think you'll be disappointed with this film. Mr. Goehl worked very hard on it, and it shows. I just hope he can someday make a sequel!!! :-)"
Heartfelt look at a bluegrass legend
Kurt D. Squire | Madison WI United States | 05/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a bluegrass fan, but new to Jimmy Martin, i really appreciated this look at both the man and the music. The director captures a both Jimmy's irrespressible spirit and his music. The behind the scenes music and practice shots are gems. Fans of quirky characters / documentaries will relish the coon hunting, Vernon the goat, and squirrel stew. I just saw the movie in Madison, where, as the bass player in the Nob Hill Boys (who used to be in Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and knows Jimmy) put it, George nailed it.There are some great DVD extras, too. You'll find plenty of bonus music and media there; they did a nice job of treating the DVD parts almost like an extra CD ROM.I should mention that George is a friend of mine, but will also mention that Bill C. Malone, author of Country Music, U.S.A. gave the film a glowing review at the Madison show, suggesting that George continue making country music movies, because he gets it. Here's to hoping that George listens. If you like bluegrass, southern culture, or just good documentaries, check this one out."
Real Deal!!!
Doug Young | Woodbridge, Va. | 03/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really like this DVD, because it gives us a look into the "life" of Jimmy Martin, the "real deal" behind the sceens; which is something that many of us have not had a chance to view. We all see the musician on stage, but what about all those crazy wild stories about Jimmy? Well this is a great DVD to see him as a person, and helps us understand and define him. As a side note: I like the way this DVD was directed and put together; it is an interesting and easy story to follow that even non-grass-ers will enjoy. I hope in the future to see more from this "real deal" director on bluegrass artists, and may I sugguest the next topic: Larry Sparks."