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  • Eric Frommer
    I am preparing for Rivercity by watching High Lonesome. For those of you not familiar with High Lonesome it is a great documentary on the history of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2007
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      I am preparing for Rivercity by watching High Lonesome. For those of
      you not familiar with High Lonesome it is a great documentary on the
      history of bluegrass. Possibly a vendor will have it for sale at
      Rivercity but if not you can purchase it through the great bluegrass
      resource http://www.countysales.com

      It is under various artists bluegrass DVDs, here is what county has to
      say about the dvd

      VARIOUS ARTISTS 'High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music' DVD

      Price $20.00


      Home -> Bluegrass -> Misc. DVDS & VHS
      VARIOUS ARTISTS 'High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music' DVD

      Price $20.00
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      Bluegrass Music' DVD
      Type of Product: Video
      Description
      Rachel Liebling & Northside Films are responsible for this superb
      95-minute documentary that first appeared as a film in 1991.
      Relatively few people got to see it in that form, so it is great to
      have it on the market as a reasonably priced DVD and VHS Video. The
      film is a well-paced & varied look at the history of Bluegrass,
      focusing a good deal on Bill Monroe, his homeplace & upbringing in
      western Kentucky, and the various artists who fell under his influence
      right up until today. There are interviews, a lot of musical excerpts,
      some nice scenic shots, period stills, and a lot of good historical
      footage from varied sources (old movies, TV shows, newsreels,
      festivals, etc). Some of the neatest of this material are brief
      segments from one of the first two Roanoke Bluegrass Festivals (in
      1965 & 66). Mac Wiseman does a nice job of narration and artists like
      Jimmy Martin, Ralph Stanley, and the Osborne Brothers get adequate
      time (unfortunately, those giants who have passed on—Lester Flatt, Don
      Reno & Red Smiley etc—are pretty much ignored). If there's a
      complaint—and it's just a minor one—it's that some of the early stills
      & footage (back in the 1920s & earlier) are backed with Bluegrass
      music when old-time music would have been more appropriate &
      effective. All in all a wonderful tribute & documentary that every
      Bluegrass fan should have.

      Eric in Everett
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