Have you seen the movie “Bluegrass Roots?” I haven’t but I’d love to! Here’s a blurb about it from youtube: “Way back in 1964, New York filmmaker, David Hoffman was headed down with his new 16mm hand help camera (weight 49 lbs!) to spend three weeks driving the backcountry around Madison County, North Carolina, in the center of Appalachia, with the 82 year old founder of the pioneer Asheville Mountain Music and Dance Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The resulting film, ‘Bluegrass Roots’ lets you hear and experience the hard scrabbling, dirt road real people sounds that dominated the back country of the southern mountains 40 years ago. It presents a string of the most extraordinary singers, players and dancers the BlueGrass Mountains had to offer. Many later became famous. Some were never heard from again. Most of the songs are classics, including Lunsford’s own tune, ‘Mountain Dew.'”

One of the best scenes was “filmed at Bascom’s home with a local dance group came to dance in Bascom’s living room”, but unfortunately it’s not embeddable.Click here to view the clip – you’ll just have to trust me.

Or, just trust these stills.

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