Legendary Live Recordings From Bluegrass Country Soul – Matterhorn.
Bluegrass Music TV and Man-Do-Lin Productions have just announced the third track release from their association with the producers of Bluegrass Country Soul. They are bringing the legendary live recording on video to the Country Road TV Network. Now for the first time they are making the music available to fans and all music lovers of traditional music to enjoy on audio digital streaming via. Syntax Creative.
The third track to be released through this association will be the powerful live performance by The Country Gentlemen the classic song and fan favorite Matterhorn written by Mel Tillis and Fred Burch and recorded at Camp Springs, NC live at Carlton Haney’s 1971 Labor Day Bluegrass Festival.
Long-time favorites in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, The Country Gentlemen were noted for their close harmonies, and for introducing the college crowd to bluegrass and folk music. Founded by Charlie Waller and Bill Emerson, some of the biggest names in bluegrass played in the band over the years. When they performed at Carlton Haney’s 1971 Labor Day Bluegrass Festival in Camp Springs, NC, Doyle Lawson had just joined the band. He would remain with the Gentlemen for several years before starting his own band, Quicksilver.
Bluegrass Country Soul’s Director of Photography, Robert Kaylor, filmed the sequence following the Country Gentlemen from a rehearsal in front of their tour bus down to the stage door, up the back stairs, and out onto the stage, where they performed the song that they had been rehearsing.
The Country Gentlemen were inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1996. Mandolin player Doyle Lawson was inducted in 2012, and banjo player Bill Emerson was inducted in 2019.
Matterhorn by The Country Gentlemen contains performances by Charlie Waller (Vocal, Guitar), Bill Emerson (Vocal, Banjo), Doyle Lawson (Vocal, Mandolin) and Bill Yates (Bass).
I watched Bluegrass Country Soul…it’s even better than I expected. I felt like I was right there and still a Country Gentlemen. The video restoration and sound quality were great. You did a superlative job and thank goodness the film wasn’t lost forever. I’d bet the farm it will be a best seller for years to come. Thank you very much for my copy – Bill Emerson.
Matterhorn by The Country Gentlemen follows the initial release of two tracks from Bluegrass Country Soul including the classic instrumental Train 45 by J.D. Crowe and The Kentucky Mountain Boys and Ralph Stanley’s classic Man Of Constant Sorrow performed along with The Clinch Mountain Boys recorded at Camp Springs, NC live at Carlton Haney’s 1971 Labor Day Bluegrass Festival.
Country Road TV is a unique entertainment network where consumers can access the content via the web, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Smartphone, and Roku. Their audience base collectively reaches 1.7 million viewers on a regular basis. The network focuses on Country and Bluegrass content for the 55+ audience.
The music on Bluegrass Country Soul has been heard in various forms over the past 50+ years in movie theaters, on TV, Cable broadcasts, and social media platforms such as YouTube. DVD offers include Time Life, Amazon, Ebay and many other popular sources.
In addition to above mentioned video and audio digital streaming the producers of Bluegrass Country Soul have a newly restored Blu-ray & DVD in 4k and surround sound in the 50th Anniversary box set, available at BluegrassCountrySoul.com.
About Bluegrass Country Soul:
Bluegrass Country Soul is a treasure. Like reading a good book, different details stand out each time the film is viewed. It’s hard to imagine a three-day line-up with more talented and diverse performers. The centerpiece of the new collection is a beautifully produced, 168-page coffee table book entitled Bluegrass Country Soul – The Legendary Festival. Country people and fans from the cities got along fine, enjoying the music they all loved. Carlton Haney referred to them as “the long hairs” and “the short hairs.” In a time of political and racial division in the world today perhaps we should look to the power of music to build community, the way it happened in the equally contentious summer of 1971 – Nancy Cardwell Webster, Bluegrass Unlimited, December 2020
The video and audio tracks were produced by Albert Ihde and recorded at Camp Springs; NC live at Carlton Haney’s 1971 Labor Day Bluegrass Festival.
Bluegrass D.J.’s should contact Sammy Passamano 3 to receive the metadata and audio file on Matterhorn.
Watch for many more tracks coming soon from the Bluegrass Country Soul legendary live recordings.