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Bluegrass DVD's and Videotapes

Below is a selection of Bluegrass DVD's and videotapes that feature live bluegrass music performances, such as concert footage and other bluegrass artist and band performances, as well as commercial movie releases that feature bluegrass music.

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King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin
This Bluegrass DVD documents Jimmy Martin's lifelong quest to become a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Known for his flamboyant dress and brash behavior, Jimmy Martin is the rebel figure of bluegrass music. From 1949 to 1954 he was the lead singer and guitarist for bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, helping form the "high lonesome sound" that's so widely regarded today. Martin went on to a successful solo career, recording for Decca, but the Grand Ole Opry eluded him all his life. "King Of Bluegrass" features interviews, exclusive live footage, and rare historical footage of Jimmy and many of country music's early pioneers.
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Bill Monroe - The Father of Bluegrass Music
With acoustic string components that stretch across centuries and a "high lonesome" vocal signature that evokes windblown mountain tops, bluegrass music sounds like an artifact of a pre-industrial America. Yet, for all its hand-hewn craft and plangent "ancient tones," the style is a pure 20th-century dialect roughly contemporaneous with bebop--a small group sound designed, refined, and arguably perfected by just one man, eastern Kentucky mandolinist Bill Monroe. It's common practice for pundits to confer patriarchy on artists who popularize a style, but Monroe's paternity for bluegrass music is absolute: without him, the style would not exist. That achievement is chronicled with care and precision in Steve Gebhardt's superb 90-minute bluegrass DVD portrait of Monroe, which benefits from extensive interview footage shot three years before Bill Monroe passed away in 1996.
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Gather at the River - A Bluegrass Celebration
Filmed live at the World of Bluegrass Festival in Kentucky, this bluegrass DVD musical documentary features performances by the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Mac Wiseman, Peter Rowan and Hazel Dickens, Ralph Stanley, and many more. Gather At The River serves both as the perfect introduction to the American folk genre for the burgeoning bluegrass music fan, and an excellent survey for the already converted.
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Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming, Vol. 2
Bluegrass music was born in the hills of Appalachia in the early part of the 20th Century and gradually made its way into the pews of churches all throughout America. Along with gospel music, it has become a unique and treasured American art form. Now the legends of bluegrass music join voices and instruments with the best in gospel music for a remarkable two-part series hosted by Gospel Music Hall of Famer Bill Gaither and contemporary bluegrass banner-carrier, Marty Stuart.
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Alison Krauss & Union Station Live
If you love bluegrass concert DVD's that offer first-rate music, excellent sound and picture, a beautiful setting, and substantial bonus features, then Alison Krauss and Union Station Live is destined to become your new favorite. It's not just for bluegrass music fans either, as proven by Krauss's crossover success on the smash soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? as other pop-oriented hits such as Now That I've Found You. The songs on this DVD are the perfect showcase for Alison Krauss's meltingly gorgeous voice, and admirers of the concert's two-CD set will also find out how funny she is in her between-songs banter. The second DVD offers 50 minutes of interviews in which all five members discuss their influences, their instruments, and their favorite songs. There's also backstage and road footage, baby pictures, and more.
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Down from the Mountain (The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Concert)
When the time came for the Coen Brothers to find the music for their Southern period piece comedy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, they asked record producer T Bone Burnett to lend a hand. They wanted original recordings of old-timey American roots folk music. What they came up with was a sprawling mix of authentic bluegrass musicians and contemporary alternative country stars that resulted in a surprisingly successful soundtrack album. Featured on the soundtrack are Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, David Rawlings, and Chris Thomas King, among others. In May of 2000, plans were made for the artists on the soundtrack to gather and perform the music from the film at a special concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. T Bone Burnett enlisted producer Bob Neuwirth to assemble a team of all star filmmakers. The resulting Down From The Mountain documents the evenings’ concert, complete with backstage preparations and rehearsals. Co-produced by Frazer Pennebaker, the film by D A Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob captures a joyous and free-spirited celebration of a truly American musical form.
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The Three Pickers
For one historic evening, American music legends Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs joined forces as The Three Pickers, to film a concert for Public Television. The music they made before a North Carolina audience is as relaxed as a front porch picking session, informed by the skill and good humor of three master musicians who contributed so much to the creation and evolution of bluegrass music. With special guest Alison Krauss. Includes bonus documentary.

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