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Down From the Mountain (Widescreen) [Import]
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On May 24, 2000, the historic Ryman Auditorium was booked to offer Nashvillians an evening of sublime beauty. Label executives and soundtrack producers so loved the music of O Brother, Where Art Thou? that they brought it to life as a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen loved it so much that they hired famed documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker to record the show for posterity. The concert that unfolded that night was one of the greatest musical moments in the annals of Music City. Performers: John Hartford, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Chris Thomas King, The Cox Family, Fairfield Four, Union Station, Colin Linden, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Peasall Sisters, Ralph Stanley, David Rawlings, The Whites. 98 minutes.
If you love the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, and Nick Doob's exhilarating concert film Down from the Mountain will be sheer heaven. And if you're new to bluegrass and "old-time mountain-style" music, the performances (also on CD) will be a revelation. John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, the Cox family, the venerable Ralph Stanley, and other traditional and alt-country artists who contributed the music to the Coen brothers' spaced odyssey gathered onstage in May 2000 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Interviews and rehearsal footage set the stage for this stupendous concert, highlights of which include "(Didn't Leave) Nobody but the Baby" by the sirens Harris, Welch, and Krauss; the Coxes' "(Will There Be) Any Stars in My Crown"; and Stanley's haunting "O Death." As one performer recommends, "Just ease in, sit down, and listen." It could be your salvation. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As far as the material, the only real low point of the underlying material (to me) was Gillian Welch singing "I wanna sing that rock and roll". It didn't fit the event, and it certainly didn't fit the place. And even beyond that song, in the pre-show documentary and in other songs, she comes across as an insecure dweeb. But fortunately, she's not the star of show. (The guy that sings with her should go solo.) Before this DVD, I had liked what little I'd heard of Gillian Welch. Now I can't stand her.
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great music and a wonderful documentary of the music of the movie O brother where art thou Highly recommend itPublished 2 months ago by bobjim
I saw the original show on PBS years ago and always wanted the video, but never followed up on it, then. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Doug T.
great Music from a super movie , music from the heart of America , Blue grass from some of the best Entertainers in the USAPublished on Dec 20 2013 by lar
I,ve been for the great portion of my life a hard rocker but when I saw this dvd of our basic history of mountain music which is a history of american music and life it stuck a... Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Neal A. Brandon
"Down from the Mountain" is as bad as "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" is good. Don't buy it!Published on March 1 2004
An amazing piece of work. i would have watched this one simply for Emmylou and Ralph, the rest were just chocolate-and, my oh my, what sweet chocolate they were. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003
It's a great idea but many of the performances are interupted by inconsequential backstage chatter. They frequently cut away from the performance on stage and show you twenty... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by Aldo
I should have learned from Joseph Shocky's review at the top of this list. All the songs aren't there. Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by Charles H. Dilks Jr.
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