“Depicting the fervent scene that is modern bluegrass, this impressive documentary captures high intensity performances from some of America’s greatest contemporary acts… Filmmakers Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer brilliantly combine backstage footage, interviews, and extended performances to make a lovingly detailed portrait of the music and those at the forefront of making it.” – The 2004 Florida Film Festival
A DOCUMENTARY FILM PORTRAIT OF THE CONTEMPORARY BLUEGRASS MUSIC SCENE
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)
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