January 27, 2013: “Rollin’ On” Film Selected for Bluegrass on Broadway Film Festival
When I was notified that our documentary “Rollin’ On” was selected for screening at the 13th Annual Bluegrass on Broadway Festival, I was thrilled. This prestigious festival is jointly sponsored by the Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS to their friends!) and the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
The idea for the film came up when I was approached by a filmmaker in New York about using our band to create a documentary. I told him I didn’t think it was a good idea, but sure am glad that he convinced me to go along with it!
Shot in 1998, “Rollin’ On” is a behind the scenes look at life on the road with me and the band. Viewers hitched a ride on the Redbird Express as we criss-crossed the northeast playing at Lincoln Center, radio shows, bluegrass festivals and even a square dance. The documentary was released with our CD “Troubled Times.” Unfortunately, it couldn’t be released for showing on TV or the “big” screen due to licensing issues with the music.
I made the trip out to Redwood City, CA to be on hand for the Q&A after the screening and am so glad I did. This was the first time I had gotten to attend a screening and was blown away by the crowd’s enthusiastic response. It was so great to hear the audience laughing (at the appropriate places!) and hear their applause at the end. The Q&A was fun too and it was pretty clear from the questions that the crowd felt our little film was a wonderful representation of the life of a typical bluegrass band.
“Porchlight Sessions” by Anna Schwaber and “Rollin’ On” were obvious crowd favorites. This event will definitely be a highlight of my 20th Anniversary celebration. Now I can’t wait to wrap up the documentary “Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words” and hope that I’ll be invited back to the festival again in 2014!