Bluegrass Country Soul captures the sights, sounds, and magic of this three-day outdoor festival, the first of its kind, featuring bluegrass veterans and future stars alike sharing the primitive wood and cinder block stage... more ». This documentary does more than just capture on of the largest bluegrass festivals of that decade, it's also an interesting mixture of live performances, interviews, impromptu jam sessions and crowd footage of live music set in a small town surrounded by the now long gone red clay and tobacco shacks of North Carolina. Track Listings:
Black Mountain Rag-- Lilly Brothers, Tex Logan & Don Stover
Man Of Constant Sorrow -- Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys
Train 45 -- J.D. Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys
Freeborn Man -- Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys
White House Blues -- Blue Mountain Boys
White House Blues -- Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals
Matterhorn -- The Country Gentlemen
Fox On The Run -- The Country Gentlemen
Matterhorn (onstage) -- The Country Gentlemen
Roanoke (rehearsal) -- The New Deal String Band
Love Potion No. 9 -- The New Deal String Band
Rocky Top -- Osborne Brothers
Ruby, You Are Mad -- Osborne Brothers
Fuji Mountain Breakdown -- Bluegrass 45
Mocking Banjo -- Bluegrass 45
Four Walls Around Me -- Mac Wiseman & Blackwell & Collins & the Dixie Bluegrass Boys
Sally Goodin -- Festival fiddle players
Wabash Cannonball -- Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys
Listening To The Rain -- Osborne Brothers
One Tin Soldier -- The Bluegrass Alliance
New River Train -- Lilly Brothers, Tex Logan & Don Stover
Orange Blossom Special -- Chubby Wise with Mac Wiseman
Country Comfort -- Earl Scruggs Revue
Take Me Home, Country Roads -- Osborne Brothers
Foggy Mountain Breakdown -- Earl Scruggs & festival banjo players
Dear Old Dixie -- Earl Scruggs & festival banjo players« less
Director:Albert Ihde Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Country, Pop Studio:Time Life Records Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 08/29/2006 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1972 Release Year: 2006 Run Time: 1hr 26min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 3 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"This ranks with the all-time best concert movies--"Woodstock," "The Last Waltz," and "Stop Making Sense." The fact that it's a bluegrass film is a plus for fans of the genre.
Almost any chapter of the dvd is worth the entire price, but the Earl Scruggs banjo finale is breathtaking.
A beautiful piece of work, lovingly crafted and a one-of-a-kind experience."
All Hail - The King Of Bluegrass DVDs
Matteo Ringressi | Forlė, Italy | 12/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge bluegrass DVDs and VHS collector, but I never saw anything like this in my whole collection. This is a serious must-have. If you ever been to a festival in the 70s (wich I haven't) you'll enjoy this DVD much more, it will bring back uncountable memories. It opens with a great footage of the Lilly Brothers & Don Stover with Tex Logan (wich is worth the price alone!) and it keeps going with Mac Wiseman, Earl Scruggs, the Bluegrass Alliance, JD Crowe, Blackwell & Collins and many many many more. It has a great quality, both video and audio, plus there's a great commentary by Fred Bartenstein (who actually was one of the organisers of the festival, when he sold Muleskinner News...). What are you waiting for? Buy it for they might be over soon :)"
P. Isaacson | Columbus, OH USA | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD has many of the real pioneers of Bluegrass music performing in their prime, it is a treat to watch, especially for a johnny-come-lately bluegrass fan as I am. There is a sense of something wholesome going on there, not like other musical festivals like Woodstock, where there is a sense of something perverse going on. I love it when rockers come to bluegrass, produce one of something worth listening to and then vanish, because they don't understand the culture of the men who make their living palying music they love. This CD does an excellent job of telling a story and showcasing some truly legendary acts."
Great reprise of 70's Bluegrass festival sensation
Duane C. | Austin, TX | 07/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having attended a few festivals back in the 70's, I found this DVD to be a wonderful recreation of some of the ones I went to. Some of the budding "newgrass" groups (Bluegrass Alliance, for one) are on here, along with Earl Scruggs playing with his sons, after he left Lester Flatt who went on to put together the Nashville Grass. Chubby Wise, one of the happiest fiddle players is on here playing the Orange Blossom Special with Mac Wiseman - I'll never forget him when he was with the Nashville Grass at the Gettysburg festival in '73. When the band bus arrived, all the others got off with their instruments in their cases. Not Chubby - he had the fiddle under his chin and played and danced from the bus to the stage. There is a lot of good music on here, including the Country Gentlemen doing "Matterhorn" and "Fox on the Run." While I really enjoy modern bluegrass DVD's, this one does a good job of documenting the smaller, more family-like atmosphere of the early festivals. Recommended."
A definite must have---emotional to those recalling that tim
MrQ | USA | 07/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is like entering a time machine and what a pleasure it is.
The filmmakers have brilliantly captured the essence of what Bluegrass was at this brief point in 1971. It was just after the beginning of the "Bluegrass Festival". On this Labor Day weekend it was bloody hot, dusty, and, as you can tell by segments filmed out in the camping area, people slept in primative tents, vans, cars; sat in pre-war style lawn chairs, drank cheap beer, ate bologna sandwiches, and dressed in clothes unworthy even of a goodwill store today.
What the fans did not lack though, was a passion for Bluegrass that ran 24/7. Long late night jams was standard fare back then (they are rare today), and note that it did not stop with the fans. Some of the artists appearing on stage found their way to the jams after hours.
Anyone familiar with the genre will be surprised at the number of recognizable faces appearing on stage (although most were so young that it may require a second or third viewing to realize). Although they would all become names in their own right in later years, on this day, for most of the artists, it was probably their first gig for September (for many, 15 to 18 more locales would be demanded of them that month--that's how vigorous the business was then); and they simply wanted the heat to end, get paid, and travel all night to the next show.
Some of the memorable appearances are Earl Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Ralph Stanley, The Country Gentlemen, Chubby Wise, and Don Stover. This is only a subset though---there are several more. The presence of drums and amps on stage during the Osborne Brothers' tracks is noted. It brings joy to this reviewer to know that one of their performances during this era was captured on film. The viewer who enjoys all kinds of music will notice that the genre was not destroyed because of those devices---it was still Bluegrass, and in this reviewer's opinion, the energy of their performances is multiple levels above the other bands.
As if this wasn't enough, the DVD features a commentary track (by Fred Bartenstein), and it too is top notch and worth a listen.
To anyone who cherishes Bluegrass Music and the artists who put it on the map, this DVD is a must-have addition to your library."