VARIOUS 'Bluegrass Journey: A Documentary' BSF-001-DVD

VARIOUS 'Bluegrass Journey: A Documentary' BSF-001-DVD

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DVD: 86 Minutes Color. Producers Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer have put a lot of work and care into this 86-minute color documentary that captures a lot of the excitement & flavor of Bluegrass music and the festival scene. Though we have some reservations (discussed below), we can say that any Bluegrass fan will enjoy at least parts of this "film", and it will have a strong appeal to many younger fans and newcomers to the music. The camera work, video & sound quality are top-notch. The interview sections with Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien, Jerry Douglas and Pete Wernick are relaxed, thoughtful and well edited. And when it comes to the music, there are superb segments that feature (among others) McCoury, Rhonda Vincent, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Bob Paisley, and a fine performance by Lonesome River Band at the IBMA Awards show. What reservations do we have? Well, although the DVD's title implies a wider scope, the project is really about the Grey Fox Festival in upstate New York, with a segment about the IBMA Convention tacked on. The Grey Fox Festival is known as one of the most popular and best run outdoor venues for Bluegrass, but it is not exactly typical of the many such festivals from coast to coast. And the projects inclusion of a Pagan Wedding during the festival many grab your attention, but is not really representative of your average Bluegrass event, and may well turn off some viewers. It would have been neat to get a glimpse of one or two of the better run Southern or Western festivals to obtain a fuller, more realistic picture, but obviously money issues could well prohibit such a luxury. All in all, this is a fine production that includes some excellent musical moments.