True stories from the front lines of American music

MVD Visual, a division of MVD Entertainment Group of Oaks, PA, has picked up North American distribution rights for Troubadour Blues on home video, download and streaming platforms. MVD is a family-owned company that got its start in the heyday of MTV, distributing music videos on VHS to the burgeoning video rental market — they are music people and will help get this documentary into appreciative hands.

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Here’s a cool map that I made using the free version of BatchGeo, showing all the places I’ve been since October 2011 screening Troubadour Blues in theaters, bars, coffee shops, libraries, community centers and music festivals.

View Troubadour Blues Screenings 2012 in a full screen map

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Ashland Coffee and Tea, the listening room near the railroad tracks in
downtown Ashland, VA, feels like a second home to filmmaker Tom Weber,
whose documentary Troubadour Blues screens there Wednesday, Dec. 5.

“So many important scenes in the movie happened in that room,” says
Weber, a Pennsylvanian who spent 10 years collecting material for the feature-length
film. “I filmed Peter Case there on my very first weekend of shooting, back
in October 2002. I got the film’s title from a song that Mark Erelli had just written
when he opened for Chris Smither that following spring.”

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More Fall Screenings

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Summer always goes by so quickly. Before you know it, the Halloween decorations are showing up in the stores and the smell of cider is in the air. Here at Troubadour Blues, we’ve got some exciting distribution news to announce in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, a few more screenings on the schedule and some spiffy new flyers to show off.

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Troubadour Blues will be showing on the big screen at the historic State Theatre in State College next month as part of a festival/conference commemmorating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday.

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About the Film

Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. This is a story that needs to be heard. In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.

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