With over 75 musicians, 10 states and 4 festivals represented in the film, The Porchlight Sessions is a unique and contemporary portrait of the bluegrass community that is attracting new audiences like never before. Artists appearing in the film include icons from the first generation such as Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson and Bobby Osborne through modern masters such as Bela Fleck, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas and relative newcomers Crooked Still, Trampled by Turtles, Mumford & Sons and the Infamous Stringdusters.
The Porchlight Sessions is currently enlisting the help of Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for independent projects, to complete the post-production process and license the archival music and imagery. The film's needs are great and varied but not insurmountable. Funds raised will be used to license long forgotten film footage, pay post-production costs, and license the music required to tell this important American story.
Several generous sponsors, including the International Bluegrass Music Association and Deering Banjos, have joined The Porchlight Sessions campaign to offer some amazing perks for contributing to the project. These include:
More information about The Porchlight Sessions can be found at our Kickstarter page or at the official websites for the film:
Born out of the isolation of a ruggedly beautiful landscape, the Appalachian Mountains became a cultural crossroads where the influences of Jazz and Blues merged with the folk traditions of Scots-Irish immigrants to create an entirely unique American sound. Authentic and acoustic, Bluegrass culture has evolved and gone international, appealing to a desire in modern society to return to the roots and a way of life that is being lost.
The Porchlight Sessions is a finger pickin' and foot stompin' adventure through the evolution of the hillbilly sound. Told through the collective voice of the originators of style to contemporary mainstream acts and campground pickers, the film marks the first time the community has come together to tell the bluegrass story.
The film features interviews and performances with Dr. Ralph Stanley, Bobby Osborne, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Alison Brown, Pete Wernick, Abigail Washburn, The Infamous Stringdusters, Crooked Still, Trampled By Turtles, Sara and Sean Watkins, Mumford & Sons and many more.
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