2021 – The Golden Anniversary of the Legendary Music Festival

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Bluegrass Country Soul

Ralph Stanley Keith Whitley Chubby Wise Mac Wiseman Blackwell & Collins Del McCoury The Country Gentlemen Sam Bush Tony Rice The Bluegrass Alliance The New Deal String Band The Bluegrass 45 Roy Acuff Joe Greene The Lilly Brothers Tex Logan Don Stover The Osborne Brothers Ronnie Reno Jimmy Martin


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carlton Haney’s legendary, 1971 Labor Day weekend festival, memorialized in film by Bluegrass Country Soul, which is part of the permanent collection of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. For its Golden Anniversary, the film has been carefully restored, and can now be seen in 4k high-definition, Dolby surround sound, and the wide-screen format (Academy) in which it was originally shown in movie theatres.

While the numbered, limited edition Deluxe Box Set has sold out, there are still numerous ways you can enjoy and share this classic film.


  1. 3-Piece Collection

The 3-piece set contains a Combo Pack (Blu-ray and standard DVD) of the newly restored movie, plus a Bonus DVD; the updated, second edition of the 168-page Companion Book; and, Additional Music (2 CDs of music from the stage not heard in the movie). Please scroll to the bottom of this page for detailed information on the content of each component, or order now.


  1. Bluegrass Country Soul (2020)

Combo Pack (Blu-ray and standard DVD) of the newly restored movie, plus a Bonus DVD

  1. Companion Book

Order the second edition now

  1. Additional Music

2 CDs of music not heard in the movie

For a complete description, and video, of each of these items, please visit the bottom of this page. And please watch our new trailer, below, for a preview of the 3-piece set. Buy a collection for yourself or for a friend! Many bluegrass lovers tell us they use Bluegrass Country Soul to introduce others to this music, and is a movie that they watch often.

Thanks for all your help in getting the word out about our project, and keeping this important part of the bluegrass story alive. Your purchase helps us to make this historic project a success. 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

The 3-Piece Collection

Del McCoury

Sam Bush and Tony Rice

Watch our new trailer and information about our 3-piece set.

Front of Combo Pack

2 – Combo Pack (Blu-ray and standard DVD) plus Bonus Disc. Click on the photo above for video.

Book Cover

3 – Companion Book. Click on the photo above for video.

CD Front Cover

4 – Additional Music. Click on the photo above for video.

The Golden Anniversary, Legacy Edition of
Bluegrass Country Soul

The multi-media experience of a legendary bluegrass festival.

1 – The 3-Piece Collection – introduced in the video above

Over 7 1/2 hours of fascinating bluegrass video and audio, plus a 168-page book. Each set arrives carefully packed in a custom mailing carton, containing the Combo Pack (Blu-ray and standard DVD) plus Bonus Disc, Companion Book, and Additional Music, as described below.

2 – Combo Pack (Blu-ray and standard DVD) plus Bonus Disc

The newly restored, Golden Anniversary version of Bluegrass Country Soul in enhanced surround sound and the wide-screen format in which it was originally shown in movie theatres; a newly revised commentary track by noted bluegrass historian Fred Bartenstein; exclusive, contemporary video and audio interviews with performers who were there such as  Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Osborne, Ronnie Reno, Bill Emerson, Akira Otsuka, Doug McCash, Robert White aka Quail, and Missy Raines; a brand-new documentary, The First Bluegrass Movie, about the making of Bluegrass Country Soul, featuring behind the scenes photos and interviews with filmmakers; a Bonus DVD containing additional video interviews with Del McCoury, Sam Bush, J.D. Crowe, Everett Lilly, Jr., and a Photo Gallery.

3Companion Book

A 168-page, coffee table book with hundreds of color photos and information about the festival musicians, telling the stories, many in the musicians’ own words, behind Carlton Haney’s legendary, 1971 Labor Day weekend festival. Includes a reprint of the festival schedule!

4 – Additional Music

Two CDs with 24 songs from the festival stage that were not included in the movie, plus stage announcements, musician introductions and highlights from the “Muleskinner News” awards show.

Your purchase helps to make this restoration project possible!


Bluegrass Country Soul Playing Cards

Announcing, for the very first time, a commemorative deck of playing cards featuring some of the greatest icons of bluegrass & country music.

Here’s the perfect gift for the bluegrass music lover who has everything. You’ll find a different still from the movie on the back of each of the 54 cards in this poker deck. Your purchase of this unique gift will help defray some of  the costs of restoring our film and donating an archival copy to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY.

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Examples of just a few of the photos in the 54 card deck.

A selection of a few of the stills on the backs of the playing cards.

Bluegrass country soul deck of cards
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