If you live in or around Washington, DC, and receive or can pick up The Washington Post this coming Sunday, August 30, check in the magazine section for a terrific story by Eddie Dean about Bluegrass Country Soul. (We also have an online link for you, below.) Eddie is a great writer who has done a number of articles and books about bluegrass. We think he really captured the feel of the festival and the film. Here's a small excerpt:
A filmmaker reissues what some consider the definitive bluegrass documentary, featuring the Osborne Brothers
Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne and Ronnie Reno perform "Ruby, Are You Mad?"
“’Bluegrass Country Soul’ is a riveting cinema verite portrait of a bluegrass festival when it was still an underground phenomenon with a rabidly loyal fan base of spectator-participants. It documents a uniquely American musical style in its prime and in its element, without pretense or talking heads or axes to grind. For decades, as the bluegrass festival tradition exploded throughout the United States and abroad, the film gained a cult following, especially among musicians.”
Enjoy reading the article and watching the clips. Please pass this newsletter along to your bluegrass friends.
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Albert Ihde and Ellen Pasternack
Producer/Director and Executive Director
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