I know this list doesnt get too bluegrassical, but...
The movie premier of King of Bluegrass was shown Tues night as part
of the Nashville Film Festival. The movie is well done, some great
concert shots at Bean Blossom and such and interviews w/ Jimmy, band
mates, Marty Stuart (next to his grave stone). Some of you might remember
seeing portions of it prior to the Thrillbillys showing at
Twangfest. The director did a good job of balancing Jimmy's general
nuttiness, countryness and love/hate relationship w. the Grand Ole
Opry without turning it into a freak show or a joke.
Tom T Hall and the director, Goerge Goehl, introduced the movie. Tom
had a great line about how 'in this business, I dont know why, at
some point you become a joke' No matter how talented, kind, and
generous you are, the only thing people remember is the time you
mooned Lester and Earl's bus. Makeing the point that the movie did
not present Jimmy Martin as a joke.
After the movie, Jimmy Martin spoke - saying about what you would
expect. Really long stories about moving to Nashville and telling a
1/2 story at which point we could figure out whose fault it was that
he wasnt on the Opry (not his). But also being gracious and thankful.
It felt like Meshel and I were the only paying customers as we sat
around: Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, Marty Stuart, Del 'n' Em, etc. etc.
It was cool.
I think the film is currently touring different festivals - check it out if
you get the chance. Ino at www.kingofbluegrass.com
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