True stories from the front lines of American music

Looking at the date on that last post, I really need to catch this blog up to date. I’ll be screening Troubadour Blues Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Winter Roots and Blues Roundup in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — and then sticking around to talk to music and filmmaking students on Monday and Tuesday.

Here’s an ad that’s running next month in Video Librarian, a magazine for media buyers at library systems and university libraries.

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Great Press in Boston

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Two great articles this weekend in the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe by two writers with nearly identical names. They’re different people; I talked to both of them.

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Screening Dates for 2012

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Before the holidays hit full stride, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many people who made Troubadour Blues a reality in 2011: people who sat through the many early screenings and gave their feedback; friends who talked me through the year-and-a-half-long editing process; Kickstarter supporters; the couple of fans who ordered 10-packs of DVDs and gave them as Christmas gifts; writers who critiqued the film and publications that ran ads and reviews.

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Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

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Somebody commented the other day, after visiting the site, that older video clips were hard to find. I decided it would probably be a good idea to put some of this material up near the top of the blog so that people could find it. All clips are outtakes from the Troubadour Blues project, for which I shot nearly 200 hours of MiniDV tape.

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Nice Post on No Depression

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Easy Ed is the nom-de-blog of a frequent contributor to No Depression, the place to go online for all things Americana. He likes a lot of the same music that I do, so I sent him a DVD, and he responded with this lovely post.

Please do as Easy Ed says and buy a copy for yourself and another for a music-loving friend on your holiday gift list. Buy copies for EVERYBODY on your Christmas gift list. Send one to the music writer at your local newspaper or favorite website. This film is my livelihood for the next few months, and I really need your support.

Thanks for listening!

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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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