In Our Queue: The Nashville Sound
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One of the perks of running this site is that people are always telling me about new artists/movies/events that they think would be right up my alley. Without you, I wouldn’t know about Steve Young, Heartworn Highways, Leslie and the Badgers and so much more. This latest find was brought to us by reader Oddie. The Nashville Sound is a documentary directed by Robert Elfstrom (Gimmer Shelter) and David Hoffman that was filmed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1969. The film, which is widely regarded as the inspiration for Robert Altman’s Nashville, centers on the 44th Anniversary show at the Grand Ole Opry with performances by the leading country superstars of the day, including Johnny Cash, Skeeter Davis, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Roy Acoff and more. In addition to the concert footage, they show interviews with the musicians, fans and record executives, a rehearsal by Mother Earth (featuring Tracy Nelson), a recording session with Doug Kershaw, Bashful Brother Oswald singing a chorus of “Mountain Dew” outside of Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop, Loretta Lynn performing for a lunch crowd of radio and record company executives and much more. It promises to be an indepth look at the country music scene at the exact moment when country was really beginning to cross over and appeal to a more mainstream audience. This was the year after all that Johnny Cash albums outsold the Beatles. Thanks for the head’s up Oddie!
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