Nashville is gearing up for its annual film festival, and this year it will feature films around what the city knows best, country music.
The films range from life stories to historical milestones. Some touch on the part of music you can't see from the front row, while others dig deep into the modern day fight to preserve the core of Texas country. All give an inside look into the heart of country music truth.
Honky Tonk Heaven brings attention to the Texas scene with a story about Austin's The Broken Spoke, "the last of the true Texas dance halls" and one family's fight to keep it alive in the midst of urban development. The Broken Spoke has featured music greats such as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bobby Wills and George Jones.
The cast includes: James White, Annetta White, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson, Alvin Crow. (Directors: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas/USA).
A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story give you an inside look at the longest-running music show in television. Originally created to spotlight Texas music in a live setting, the show has expanded its boundaries over the past 40 years to encompass a wide range of artists.
The film features many well-known names in the cast such as Willie Nelson, Beck, Alabama Shakes, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, The Avett Brothers, Radiohead, Sturgill Simpson. (Director: Keith Maitland/USA).
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory showcases the blues genre with an up close and personal look into the lives and legacies of pianist Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitartist Hubert Sumlin, all of which were sidemen for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. In the film you'll see final interviews and some of the last performances before their deaths in 2011.
The legendary musicians were an inspiration to many and you'll get to hear personal insights from those whose lives they touched such as: Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter. (Director: Scott Rosenbaum/USA).
Those who attend the Nashville Film Festival on April 14-23 at Regal Green Hills cinema in Nashville will get a chance to see the glory of these country music films first hand. Over 1200 submissions were received for this year's festival and 58 were selected.
The festival is quickly becoming one of the most sought after for filmmakers and songwriters alike. It was recently voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the 25 film festivals work the entry fee.