Welcome to the website for Bluegrass Country Soul, the first bluegrass feature film. Our Golden Anniversary, Legacy Edition, multi-media box set is now available! We are delighted with the response from our customers. Here is one of the first comments we received:
“A Legendary Festival Seen in All Its Original Glory”
1971 was a big year for bluegrass music. There were lots of great festivals. One that stuck out above the rest was Carlton Haney’s Labor Day Weekend Festival in Camp Springs, North Carolina. For those of us who were there, you never forgot it. But for those who couldn’t be there, there was the movie Bluegrass Country Soul. It captured the 3-day festival in living color for the big screen. After a few months in theatres and drive-ins, it drifted into bluegrass history.
Now, the movie is in a brand-new box set, on both a Blu-ray and standard DVD, with as good a digital quality as you would want. It has many “Special Features” like interviews with several artists, who were at the festival, and a double CD of direct from the stage tapes of 7 bands. But the jewel in the new set is the 168-page big book about the festival. That to me is worth the price alone.
Bill Monroe was not there, by choice. But his music was there, and his former Blue Grass Boys were there (14 of them, I counted), which helped to make this a legendary festival, and it can now be seen in all its original glory.
This festival marked the start of playing Traditional Old Grass along with what would become New Grass. Sam Bush said it best: “This was the weekend it all changed.”
With this box set, new generations of bluegrass musicians can understand both the importance of the 1st generation of artists and the relevance of the 2nd generation, who were just starting out. Viewing the movie and reading the book tells you not only all you need to know about Camp Springs 1971, but also its importance in bluegrass music history.
– Tom Isenhour, North Carolina
The festival experience is the way in which so many of us were first introduced to bluegrass. If you’d like to introduce someone you know to bluegrass music, consider giving them their own special edition box set. You can click on “Shop Now” and go directly to our order form.
Everyone who orders a box-set will be helping us to make this historic project a success.
Please watch our new trailer, below, with footage from the restored movie, along with interviews with Ricky Skaggs and Bill Emerson talking about the film.
Thanks for all your help in getting the word out about our project, and keeping this important part of the bluegrass story alive. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates and notice of special events.
-Albert Ihde, Producer/Director
P.S. Click here to see another video, Introduction to Bluegrass Country Soul