BGCS Newsletter Vol. IV Issue 4, July 15, 2021
All Things Bluegrass Country Soul -
Past, Present and Future!
This is an update on the celebration plans for Bluegrass Country Soul over Labor Day weekend. Below you will find a press release we thought you might enjoy reading, and a video about the 50th anniversary that we sent out to bluegrass associations around the country.

Cody Johnson has announced the line-up and schedule for this year's festival in Camp Springs. Bluegrass Country Soul will be shown on Friday, September 3, at 9:30 PM! You can see the complete festival schedule here.Please say "hello" to us if you make it there and see us wandering around...or signing your copies of Bluegrass Country Soul!

Best always,
Albert Ihde and Ellen Pasternack
Producer/Director and Executive Director
The audience at Camp Springs, 1971
History Strikes Twice
in Camp Springs, NC
Landmark Bluegrass Movie to
Be Shown Where It Was Shot
by Albert Ihde
(Producer/Director, Bluegrass Country Soul)
It has been said that General Cornwallis and his British troops camped there in 1781, during the American Revolution. That’s how this area in Caswell County, some 12 miles from Reidsville, got its name. More recently, Camp Springs witnessed a different kind of revolution. This Labor Day weekend, there will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of that event, and a reunion of many of its participants. 
In 1971, Camp Springs was the site of Carlton Haney’s 7th Annual Labor Day Weekend Bluegrass Music Festival. Performers included a “Who’s Who” of bluegrass music, from Earl Scruggs, to Ralph Stanley, Chubby Wise, Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, the Osborne Brothers, J. D. Crowe, the Country Gentlemen, and others. There were also young artists who became major stars such as Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, and Keith Whitley.
Bobby Osborne at Camp Springs, 1971
Fortunately, for future generations of music lovers, that festival in Camp Springs happened to be the location for the very first bluegrass feature documentary. The movie, Bluegrass Country Soul, documented what many at the time considered revolutionary. It showed the beginnings of an experimental style called “new grass,” which attracted many young musicians to the music.
This coming Labor Day weekend, my wife and I will be visiting Camp Springs for the 50th anniversary celebration of that legendary festival I was lucky to have filmed. Some of the artists who appeared in Bluegrass Country Soul will be performing this year, including: Doyle Lawson, Bobby Osborne, Missy Raines, and the the Wilson Brothers.
On Friday, September 3, at 9:30 PM, Bluegrass Country Soul will be shown where it was filmed a half-century ago, which may well be an historic first for bluegrass, and for motion pictures as well.  

Bluegrass Country Soul is now in the permanent collection of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY. To help defray the costs of restoring this piece of bluegrass history, we have created a “Golden Anniversary Edition” of the film available through A multi-media experience (Blu-ray, DVDs, companion book, and CDs), the collection features over 7 hours of bluegrass programing.
For more information about this year’s Labor Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival, please go to
Celebrating the Filming of
Bluegrass Country Soul,
Camp Springs, NC: 1971 - 2021
Were You There?
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