THE DAILY GRIST..." A bluegrass film is like finding a fine wine at some small family winery.”
”Big Screen Bluegrass”
Today's column from James Reams
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Bluegrass doesn’t have to die after festival season. As an unofficial Ambassador of Bluegrass, I’ve been searching for ways to introduce bluegrass music to people that may have dismissed it as music for “old fogeys and moonshiners.” Many of these folks may never even have heard a bluegrass tune. It seems to me to be a shame to ignore an entire musical genre simply because of preconceived notions. It’s like not uncorking a fine bottle of wine because you don’t like its’ label!
So how do we get these folks to “drink in” the wonderful complexities of bluegrass music? How do we expose them to all the benefits associated with this life-affirming music of ours? Well, it may be a bit sneaky, but I think I’ve found a way: films. A bluegrass film is sort of like finding a fine wine at some small family winery. It has some quirky elements to it that I think appeals to people when they actually take the time to savor it.
Earlier this month, we had the 1st Annual Arizona Bluegrass Festival right here in Phoenix. I’d seen the success of the NCBS Bluegrass on Broadway film festival first hand and used that as an example and an inspiration. I wanted to offer another venue for filmmakers and documentarians to show their films to the general public as well as bluegrass lovers.