BGCS Newsletter Vol. II #13, October 9, 2019
The Sole Surviving Print of the
First Bluegrass Movie Has Been Saved!
The premiere of the newly restored motion picture, Bluegrass Country Soul, will take place in the Terry Woodward Theatre at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, at 7 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We are honored that this premiere will take place at the museum and cannot wait to see the restored movie up on the big screen. You can be there too! Tickets are free of charge; contact the museum to reserve your tickets .
The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky
will receive an archival copy of Bluegrass Country Soul next month.
This special evening is a celebration of all the musicians who performed during Carlton Haney’s 7 th Annual Labor Day Weekend Bluegrass Music Festival in Camp Springs, North Carolina, 1971. Many of the musicians who played that festival 48 years ago will be in attendance. There will also be an historic reunion at a reception and dinner before the premiere. If you were on stage in Blue Grass Park that weekend and have not yet RSVP'd, please let us know that you are coming as soon as you can.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions about anything Bluegrass Country Soul.

Best regards,
Albert Ihde              Ellen Pasternack
Producer/Director   Executive Director
Bluegrass Country Soul is Front and Center at the IBMA's “World of Bluegrass”

Sam Bush told us he thinks that Bluegrass Country Soul is "Our Big Family's home movie."
Here Sam, who performed at the IBMA Awards ceremony, poses in front of his photo
in the museum's lobby display.
Every fall, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) holds a week-long celebration in Raleigh, NC, called “World of Bluegrass.” We attended the convention and announced plans for the restoration of Bluegrass Country Soul , our donation of an archival copy to the bluegrass museum, and the forthcoming Golden Anniversary, Legacy Edition Box Set. Thanks to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s generous offer of space in their booth, we were able to show a mock-up of the box set to thousands of convention visitors over a four-day period.

The Bluegrass Museum designed and constructed this huge exhibit
showing enlarged frames from Bluegrass Country Soul.
We were absolutely delighted by the exhibit the bluegrass museum set up in the lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center. It was impossible to miss. There were large photos from frames in our film that captured the attention of visitors, including many of the movie’s performers.
Below are a few snapshots of some of that week’s highlights, plus a short video of our whirlwind trip.
A very special thank you to Robert White, aka Quail, for his extraordinary help in the exhibit hall. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious. While in Raleigh, it was wonderful to see Leroy Savage, Frank Greathouse, and Gene Knight, and to hear them perform together with Quail. They are all original members of The New Deal String Band.
Bluegrass historian Fred Bartenstein, Albert Ihde, and Hall of Fame inductee Bill Emerson
Akira Otsuka, mandolin player with The Bluegrass 45, and Albert Ihde pose in front of a photo of The Bluegrass 45. Akira produced the widely acclaimed John Duffy tribute CD, Epilogue , for which he received an Industry Award this year.
Producer/Director Albert Ihde chaired a panel on “Filming Bluegrass” with Professor Dan Boner, documentary filmmaker Russ Farmer, and producer and Sam Bush guitarist Stephen Mougin.
Here’s a short video showing the sights and sounds of our trip to Raleigh
and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass.”
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