Tuesday March 17th 2009, 8:44 am
In Our Queue: Hotel California- LA From The Byrds To The Eagles
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YouTube Preview ImageHotel California Clip featuring Gram Parsons and Linda Ronstadt

Here are two clips from the 2007 BBC documentary,  Hotel California: LA From The Byrds To The Eagles. It features never before seen archive footage with comprehensive interviews from the likes of David Crosby, Graham Nash, JD Souther, Bernie Leadon, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Darrow, Andrew Gold, Mark Volman, Van Dyke Parks, David Geffen and more. I need to get my hands on this thing (though it looks like you might be able to watch it in its entirety over on Veoh)!

YouTube Preview ImageHotel California Clip featuring David Crosby, Buffalo Springfield, etc

Monday November 03rd 2008, 1:32 pm
In Our Queue: Scott Walker-30 Century Man
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YouTube Preview ImageOfficial Trailer

In 2007, Verve Pictures released the documentary Scott Walker – 30 Century Man. The film focuses on Walker’s lifetime career in music: from his stint in the immensely successful Walker Brothers in the 1960s and his innovative and elusive solo career following, right up to a recording session for his most recent record, 2006’s The Drift. In addition to Walker himself, the film features interviews with David Bowie, Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Marc Almond, Alison Goldfrapp, Sting, Dot Allison, Simon Raymonde, Richard Hawley, Rob Ellis, Johnny Marr, Gavin Friday, Lulu and others. David Bowie, who often claims Walker as a major influence, executive produced the film.  Scott Walker – 30 Century Man has been released on DVD by Madman Films in Australia and Avalon Films in Spain. Now we just have to wait patiently for a U.S. release. Has anyone seen had the chance to see this film yet?

YouTube Preview ImageWalker Brothers- The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

Wednesday October 15th 2008, 12:35 pm
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!

Friday August 29th 2008, 2:47 pm
In Our Queue: Nashville Rebel
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YouTube Preview ImageWaylon Jennings – Nashville Rebel

Nashville Rebel is Waylon Jenning’s first feature film. Released in 1966, the film features a 29 year old Jennings in the role of an innocent, but very talented musician who learns the hard way that the music business isn’t all it’s cracked up to be while climbing the ladder to success. Faron Young, Tex Ritter, Loretta Lynn and the Wilburn Brothers also appear in the film.

Monday March 24th 2008, 4:15 am
In Our Queue: Heartworn Highways
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Over the past couple of weeks, I have had 3 different people mentioned this movie, Heartworn Highways (1981), and tell me that I basically need to drop everything else in my life and go out and buy it immediately or else I don’t really love country music. With such a recommendation, how could I refuse? So I started looking into and I think they may be right. This might just become one of my favorite music movies/documentaries of all time.

YouTube Preview ImageTownes Van Zandt- Poncho and Lefty (from Heartworn Highways)

Director James Szalapski sought to make a film about country music, but instead of going to the big flashy names in country at the time, he decided to focus on a small group of songwriters/ musicians that were inspired by the creative energy of the 60s and 70s, yet who were still deeply rooted in traditional country, folk and blues. The resulting documentary features the likes of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe, Steve Young, Steve Earle and Charlie Daniels among others, who (for the most part) were virtually unknown at the time and rejected the completely formulaic and commercialized nature of Nashville/Music Row-based country music.

YouTube Preview ImageBilly Callery and Steve Young (from Heartworn Higways)

Steve Young, who was filmed when he just about to record his solo debut for RCA said “It was very casual, as everything was at the time. Somebody just announced to Guy [Clark], ‘You know these guys from Europe…they just want to shoot some film while we sit around and do what we usually do. We’re going to invite some people over, so why don’t you come over? It just sort of got started that way and took its own life and gained some momentum.” He added that “… it was truly an artistic bohemian kind of thing.” Well, I for one am eagerly awaiting its arrival in the mail. In the meantime, I will just have to keep myself occupied with these videos from the movie (check out more after the jump).

Tuesday January 22nd 2008, 8:09 pm
In Our Queue: A Lost Gem from ’72
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PAYDAY (1972)

Rip Torn stars as a country singer goin’ to hell in a hand basket. Everyone from Filmtracker to RottenTomatoes says it’s awesome, so we can’t wait to watch it! PAYDAY came out right before Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE, which completely overshadowed it…until last week, when it was released on DVD! Check out the NY Times piece on it for more info: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/movies/homevideo/15dvds.html

PAYDAY is at the top of our Netflix queue, so look for more commentary soon as it arrives in the mail!