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That High Lonesome Sound
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Description Films of American Rural Life and Music by John Cohen

The High Lonesome Sound

The High Lonesome Sound weaves a portrait of a region and way of life with the story of Roscoe Holcomb, the extraordinary singer-guitarist whom Eric Clapton once called "his favorite country musician." Images of Roscoe singing on his back porch or working a hoe against stubborn soil are intercut with scenes of coal miners, passionate church services, a riverside baptism, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys singing on the Hazard, Kentucky courthouse steps, and stark, intense visions of life in eastern Kentucky.

The End of an Old Song

Filmed in the mountains around Asheville, North Carolina, The End of an Old Song creates a moving portrait of Dillard Chandler, one of the last unaccompanied ballad singers. Dillard has little money, no family, and few friends, but his strength comes from his music. Although the proud heritage of his music shines throughout the film, in one telling scene Dillard's hauntingly sad unaccompanied song is drowned out by the sounds of modern country music on the jukebox as the world around him embraces the future.

Sara and Maybelle

The Carter Family recorded over 250 songs between 1927 and 1941. In Sara and Maybelle, two of the original Carter Family are reunited. Sara reminisces about the historic Bristol, Tennessee session which launched their career and helped give birth to the country music industry. Rare footage of Sara and Maybelle performing their classic songs Sweet Fern and Solid Gone is woven around a tour of A.P. Carter's store in Hilton, Virginia where memories of the Carter Family live and breath.

This DVD is encoded for Region 1 (U.S. & Canada only) and will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
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Label SHA - Shanachie
Number 1404
Subsidiary Artists: John Cohen
Roscoe Holcomb
Dillard Chandler
Carter Family
Sara Carter
Maybelle Carter
Bill Monroe
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