Documentary series also mounts Patreon crowdfunding campaign for fans.
By Fred Mills
A good friend of the BLURT gang, Joe Kendrick (also a mainstay of WNCW-FM community radio in Spindale, NC), has been working on a music documentary series for some time now, teaming with filmmaker Aaron Morrell of Grae Skye Studio for Southern Songs and Stories. To date they’ve produce docs on acclaimed Western North Carolina artists Aaron Burdett and The Honeycutters, describing their work as “a documentary series which blends live performance with a look at the artists’ lives and relationship with our region and the South at large… [Upcoming selections] will have a different look and feel than the previous episodes, but will focus on many of the same themes: music as a bridge to family, community, culture and history.”
Boy howdy to that. What’s on the horizon? Next weekend, April 6-8, the team will be at The SkunkFarm’s SpringSkunk Music Fest (aka the Albino Skunk Music Festival) to work on a documentary about the festival as well as one on the ever-brilliant Jon Stickley Trio (right), who will be performing that weekend. (Other performers will include Darrell Scott, I See Hawks in LA, Nikki Talley, Shinyribs, and Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, among many.)
Meanwhile, Kendrick and Morrell are mounting a crowdfunding campaign through the Patreon platform, offering a number of different pledge tiers ranging from early access to the Southern Songs material, to thanks in the video credits, to an invitation go be on set during the filming, etc. You can find out more about the series at their Patreon page and also watch video clips that the pair have produced over the years. Don’t forget to consider pledging!