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Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

 The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is the world center for  the presentation of the history, culture, and future of bluegrass music.   We develop and maintain an environment  in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass  music through an exciting and educational experience. 


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Bluegrass Country Soul November 2, 2019

Owensboro Bluegrass Music Hall

On Saturday, November 2nd, the newly restored documentary titled Bluegrass Country Soul will premiere at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.   Produced and directed by filmmaker Albert Ihde, the film captured the  Carlton Haney-produced Labor Day Bluegrass Festival held in Camp  Springs, NC in 1971. Featuring first generation bluegrass icons Earl  Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, and Jimmy Martin, Bluegrass Country Soul captures the essence of early bluegrass festivals.  Additionally, Del  McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Tony Rice, The  Lilly Brothers with Tex Logan and Don Stover, Sam Bush, The Bluegrass 45  (from Japan), The New Deal String Band and Roy Acuff are featured in  the landmark film.

With only one remaining 35 mm print in existence, it was evident the  film was in desperate need of restoration before critical footage was  lost.  Nearing the golden anniversary of the festival, Ihde began the  restoration process with the goal of preserving the film in a digital  format.

Ihde comments, “We are proud and honored to donate an archival copy of Bluegrass Country Soul to  the permanent collection of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame &  Museum. It seems perfectly fitting that we should have this premier as  we approach the 50th anniversary of the legendary festival.   When we were contacted by the Hall of Fame in 2017 and asked for items  about the movie for an exhibit in the new building, we realized an  archival copy of the movie should be donated to the Hall of Fame  collection so current and future generations of bluegrass music lovers  would be able to enjoy it for years to come. We are very thankful for  assistance from the Hall of Fame in announcing and promoting Bluegrass Country Soul, and we look forward to returning to Owensboro in November for the restored movie’s premiere.”

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director Chris  Joslin states, “Bluegrass Country Soul is an iconic documentary and  provides a wonderful snapshot of the festival experience in the early  1970s. The music crosses all cultural boundaries in this film, and  first-generation bluegrass artists are leading the charge inspiring a  new generation of musicians and fans.  The bluegrass music community is  like a big family, and Bluegrass Country Soul is our home movie.  It is  an incredible film, and we are so pleased to host this premiere and to  welcome the film maker and the wonderful artists who appear in the  documentary.

Several artists featured in the film are scheduled to be on-hand for the premiere:

  • Curtis Blackwell
  • Bill Emerson
  • Alan Munde
  • Bobby Osborne
  • Akira Otsuka
  • Ronnie Reno
  • Cliff Waldron
  • Robert White aka Quail
  • Gary Wilson

The film premiere is free to the public and takes place at the  Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum located in Owensboro, KY.   Doors open at 5 pm, film begins at 7 pm.  This is a free event, but  reservations are recommended.


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