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Bluegrass Country Soul

At last it’s here! A reissue of this 1971 movie—the only one of its kind, as far as we know—has been talked about for almost 20 years now. Happily, the DVD format has finally made it feasible, and now fans old and new can live the excitement of an early Bluegrass festival and get solid glimpses of their heroes, whether it be Ralph Stanley (singing MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW with Curly Ray Cline and a young Keith Whitley & Rick Skaggs), Jimmy Martin (with Alan Munde on banjo), The Country Gentlemen (with Doyle Lawson & Bill Emerson), or the Bluegrass Alliance singing ONE TIN SOLDIER with a very young Sam Bush and Tony Rice. Like some of the films of rock and jazz festivals of the period, this one cuts back & forth between musical highlights and scenes from the campgrounds including midnight jam sessions; there are frequent cuts to festival promoter Carlton Haney, who is never at a loss for words in commenting on the artists’ and fans’ love of the music. (On the same disc there is also a 2nd version of the film that includes running commentary by Fred Bartenstein, who was Haney’s right hand man—Fred points out some people and facts that many fans would not be aware of, such as a shot of Missy Raines, then just a child, walking through the campground). There’s nice footage of the Osborne Brothers in their prime, and it’s a real treat to see Chubby Wise, Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman, J.D. Crowe’s group and The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover (with Tex Logan). And let’s not forget Earl Scruggs, emcee Bill Vernon, and featured guest of the event Roy Acuff in a rare Festival appearance—check out Joe Greene, Acuff’s fiddler at the time! It may be just a faulty memory, but it seems to me that the color is not quite as bright and true as in the original movie—which saw only a very limited distribution when it came out in 1972. But that does not take away from a hugely important film that will be highly enjoyable to Bluegrass fans whether they were there at Camp Springs, N.C. or not. A big thanks to Time-Life for making this available!.

Artists Include:

LILLY BROTHERS, TEX LOGAN & DON STOVER, RALPH STANLEY & HIS CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS, J.D. CROWE & THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS, JIMMY MARTIN & THE SUNNY MOUNTAIN BOYS, BLUE MOUNTAIN BOYS, DEL MCCOURY & THE DIXIE PALS, THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN, THE NEW DEAL STRING BAND, BLUEGRASS 45, MAC WISEMAN & BLACKWELL & COLLINS & DIXIE BLUEGRASS BOYS, ROY ACUFF & HIS SMOKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS, OSBORNE BROTHERS, THE BLUEGRASS ALLIANCE, CHUBBY WISE WITH MAC WISEMAN, EARL SCRUGGS REVUE, EARL SCRUGGS .