2021 – The Golden Anniversary of the Legendary Music Festival

Seen in Bluegrass Country Soul

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

Bluegrass Country Soul – The Legendary Festival has been nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) 2021 award!


In 2021 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carlton Haney’s legendary, 1971 Labor Day weekend festival, memorialized in the movie Bluegrass Country Soul.  In November 2019, this classic motion picture became part of the permanent collection of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY.

Bluegrass Country Soul has been carefully restored, and can now be seen in the comfort of your own home in 4k high-definition, Dolby surround sound, and the wide-screen format (Academy) in which it was originally shown in movie theatres. And we have more: additional music and a 168-page coffee table book are available to enrich your experience of this legendary festival.

Travel back in time and enjoy an historic, and thoroughly entertaining, 3-Piece Collection that brings alive a festival featuring many of the pioneers of bluegrass, as well as many of today’s top stars shown when they were starting their careers.

Watch our video about the 3-piece set below.

Buy a 3-Piece collection for yourself, or as a gift for a friend! Many bluegrass lovers tell us that they use Bluegrass Country Soul to introduce others to bluegrass music, and that it is a movie that they watch often.

Thanks for all your help in getting the word out about Bluegrass Country Soul, and keeping this important part of the bluegrass story alive. Your purchase helps us to make this historic restoration project a success. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates and notice of special events.

-Albert Ihde, Producer/Director

“It’s impossible not to be captivated by ‘Bluegrass Country Soul,’ a vivid documentary which puts you front and center at a legendary 1971  bluegrass festival where the future and past made beautiful music together. I’m personally partial to the Lilly Brothers, Tex Logan and Don Stover aggregation, but anywhere you turn the sound is pure joy.”

Kenneth Turan – Los Angeles Times

Bill Emerson in the banjo finale

Bill Emerson in the banjo finale

Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, and Ronnie Reno

Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, and Ronnie Reno

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.

There are four ways to enjoy the multi-media experience of this 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!

(US purchases include free shipping. For international sales, please choose “Outside the US” in the shopping cart.)


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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