Peter Rowan Documentary – The Tao of Bluegrass

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Peter Rowan – World of Bluegrass – Raleigh North Carolina 2013

The Tao of Bluegrass:

A Portrait of Peter Rowan 

tao of bluegrassGrammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades.  From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time with Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan (produced by South 40 films & Floating Records) expands beyond Rowan’s music to his artistic and spiritual endeavours spanning four decades, giving an in-depth look at a true legend of Americana musical history.
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Documentary – The Life and Music of Guy Clark

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Guy Clark Old Friends’ Reunion – Front row: Robert Earl Keen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Guy Clark and Maude the dog. Back row: Steve Earle, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely and Terry Allen.

Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark:
Documentary feature film to detail the life of legendary songwriter

Long time music industry veteran, Tamara Saviano, is producing, writing, and directing a full-length feature documentary on legendary songwriter Guy Clark.  The film is a treatment of a gifted songwriter, spellbinding character and old school man of the world.  Now 73 years old, Guy and his wife Susanna shaped the outlaw songwriter culture in Nashville, Tennessee.

Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark will include exclusive interview footage with Clark and his friends, family and colleagues.  It will also include extensive and exclusive audio and video footage from past interviews, unique never-before-seen photos and images from Clark’s private and family collection and historical footage.  Because of the artistic approach and script, the documentary will be designed to have the feel of a feature film.

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B.B. King – The Life Of Riley

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B.B. King THE LIFE OF RILEY Available Now

Narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Jon Brewer, this visually stunning picture has an astounding list of contributors (aside from King himself)–Bono, Eric Clapton, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and appearances by Mick Jagger and President Obama.

 

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BB King Museum – Indianola Mississippi – An excellent place to visit

 

The Life Of Riley is a no-holds-barred, powerful feature that explores how a black cotton picker from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all the odds and unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics and become one of the most iconic, influential and beloved musicians in the world. Continue reading

Peter Gabriel – Back To Front

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Peter Gabriel’s new film Back to Front will be in selected cinemas from March 2014.  The film’s theatrical trailer is now available to see and details on how to get tickets are available at www.petergabrielbacktofront.com.   More countries / dates to be added soon.

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Heartworn Highways Revisited

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Heartworn Highways was shot by James Szalapski and it portrayed some of the most important alternative country singer/songwriters of the time.  The footage of these artists (largely from Texas and Tennessee) is unique, real and breathtaking.  I have previously featured on this site one of the now most famous and moving performances in the film, from Townes Van Zandt.  You can find it here.   Although the doco was filmed in the mid-70s, it was not released theatrically until 1981.  I have seen it at least three times and I would highly recommend it to readers as a remarkable insight into these artists and the alternative/outlaw country scene at the time.

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