This music-filled documentary explores the rich history of Club 47, the iconic Cambridge, Massachusetts folk-music mecca, from 1958-1968. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this fascinating story explores the magic that emerged when a small group of talented musicians came together in a tiny coffeehouse and altered the course of American music.
Folksinger, songwriter, and guitarist Tom Rush recalls his illustrious and unconventional career in this music-filled documentary. The film chronicles Rush’s life, mostly from his own humorous, self-deprecating perspective.
It is narrated by Rush himself, and features interviews with James Taylor, Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, and DJ Dick Summer.
In 2009, a live show by iconic Midwestern rock band The Bottle Rockets was filmed with the intention of releasing it as a live concert movie. As the footage moved through post-production, it transformed into a more ambitious project that featured a documentary. Over six years in development, Welcome To Our Movie: The Bottle Rockets Live & In Person is at last released!
The Roots Channel is proud to present Two Guys Named Ben.
In this series, two old-time musicians, Ben Townsend and Ben Guzman, cycle across the United States playing music with friends, interviewing their heroes, and documenting the folks they meet along the way.
Exclusive to Roots, this series combines music, traditional crafts and culture, and a one-of-kind cast of characters just along the next bend in the road.
While in Eggleston, Virginia, the Bens catch up with Ben Guzman’s sister, Sabra Guzman, and talk about their roots in Southern California and what brought them to Old-Time. Sabra plays a rendition of "The Lonesome Pine Special" on her trusty Gibson guitar.
Traveling down the New River, the Bens roll into Galax, VA, and learn about the musical history of the area from Tom Barr, of Barr's fiddle shop.
The Bens ride the Blueridge Parkway from Galax, Virginia to Boone, North Carolina. While in Boone they meet Trevor McKenzie and learn about a historic train wreck and hear his song that tells the tale.
In Boone, North Carolina, the Bens hear from fiddle player Kilby Spencer who takes us through his deep family roots in the music of the region. He and Trevor McKenzie lay down a version of "Paddy on the Turnpike" learned from Johnny Miller.
2 Guys Named Ben head south from Boone along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, North Carolina. They meet up with multi-instrumentalist, and local icon Bob Willoughby, at one of his long time busking spots near the Flatiron Building.