Carter Family Documentary Needs Kickstarting; Reba’s Sitcom Pilot Picked Up By ABC; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | May 14th, 2012

  • The Kickstarter campaign for The Winding Stream, a documentary about the Carter Family, is in the home stretch but still needs funds for post-production. The Grammy Museum, the Experience Music Project, and the Country Music Hall of Fame have all expressed interest in the film, which features legends like Johnny Cash and George Jones.
  • Bucky Covington’s bus was involved in a serious accident while he was not on board.
  • Jimmy Wayne received a plaque from Tennessee State Senator Doug Overbey, Representative Mark White, and State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. at the Grand Ole Opry last week for his advocacy work with foster care services to young adults.
  • Aaron Tippin was temporarily thought to have been involved in a fatal crash involving an airplane that, until a few weeks ago, he owned.
  • Charley Pride told the Winnipeg Free Press that Canadian promoters were far less discriminatory than their U.S. counterparts back in the day.
  • Some more details are out on Jerry Douglas’ upcoming album, Traveler. I’ve had a sneak listen and the tracks with Marc Cohn and Alison Krauss are terrific.
  • Chris Willman on Sara Watkins’ new album: “proceed directly to the superb sophomore effort by Sara Watkins. Not that “Sun Midnight Sun” will only be a balm to suffering Band fans; it might be the finest album of the year so far in any genre.”  In other Sara news, she and Jackson Browne are touring together.
  • The Farm will be releasing their self-titled debut album on June 17.
  • Canadian country music veteran Gord Bamford has released a new single called “Leaning on a Country Song.”
  • Gary Morris talks about his careers in country music and on Broadway as well as his upcoming November album release in this interview.
  • Charlie Daniels is heavily involved with a brand new documentary called Behold a Pale Horse that was just unveiled at the Hill County Film Festival in Texas. You can watch the trailer for the film here.
  • Billboard interviewed Mark Collie about his newly-released album Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary: Collie calls the songs “honest and real, and as much about me as the inmates that I’ve talked to. They are about redemption and restoration, God and life.” 
  • Check out the EPK for former Bering Strait member Natasha Borzilova’s new album, Out of My Hands.
  • More Katy Perry “going country” rumors are spreading.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our Brothers Comatose album giveaway: Amy. Check your email, Amy.
  • New music videos from the last week or so (with a couple of live performances):

Glen Frey – “Route 66” 

Kellie Pickler – “Mother’s Day” 

Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie – “You Are”

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – “Pretty Little Girl From Galax”

Chris Young – “Neon” 

Kristen Kelly – “Ex-Old Man” 

Jack and White – “XYZ”

Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Country Girl”

Chad Warrix – “Rain on the Roof”

Shooter Jennings – “The Deed and the Dollar” (Live for Music Fog

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis – “Border Radio” (Live for Music Fog)

The BoDeans – “All the World” 

Gwen Sebastian – “Met Him in a Motel Room” 

Joy Kills Sorrow – “Jason” 

Amber Hayes – “C’mon” 

Goat Rodeo Sessions – “Here and Heaven” 

Carrie Underwood – “Remember When” (thanks to commenter Redd Dirt for linking to this over the weekend)

  1. luckyoldsun
    May 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

    “Justin Moore’s tour crew was also involved in an accident: a vehicle crashed into their tour bus, killing the other driver.”

    Maybe it doesn’t make all that much difference, but the news reports state that the accident with Justin Moore’s tour bus did not, actually, kill the other driver. Seems the guy was perfectly fine after the accident with the tour bus–He got out of his own car to inspect the damage and was then rammed into and killed by another vehicle.

    That’s a rather typical chain of events that people need to be aware of when they’re in an accident.

  2. Saving Country Music
    May 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    The Carter Family documentary is asking for way too much money through their Kickstarter, especially since this is just for the post-production phase. It smacks of entitlement, as opposed to resourcefulness. The recent Louvin documentary started their Kickstarter at $3,000 to fund the whole movie. The idea is to “Kick Start” the project, not fund it stem to stern. I hope it gets funded, and the documentary should be made. But the makers need to be a little more wise of how to use the Kickstarter resource. Even if it does get funded, it is still too much money to ask for 1 phase of 1 documentary, regardless of the scope.

  3. Jon
    May 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Oh, great, another anonymous internet self-appointed expert – this time on film production and budgeting, fundraising for creative projects, and what “the idea” of Kickstarter is.

    Anyone who’s interested in reading something a little more informed and informative about it can do so here: .

  4. Andrew
    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Everyone knows this is the proper use of Kickstarter:

  5. Barry Mazor
    May 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    It’s just awfully difficult to get completion money for any music documentary these days. There are many hanging out there forever trying to get done… Beth Harrington is very good at this work; if you’ve seen her Rockabilly Women film you’ll likely agree, and she’s been at this Carter Family project for years. Whatever it takes is the way to go now.

    I hope her project will be supported. It’s tough all over.

  6. Flaherty
    May 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    There is definitely a sense of entitlement related to this project. And that is The Carter Family story is entitled to and deserves to be crafted into an “American Experience” level of storytelling. As a Grammy and Emmy nominated filmmaker and historian, Beth is the professional to do this, she just does great work. It’s tough work and a labor of love involving costs (music rights anyone?) beyond those found in other non-music docs. To suggest from afar that the filmmaker has a sense of “entitlement” (after 8+ years) and a lack of resourcefulness demonstrates a lack of information regarding this project.(perhaps there is some confusion between post and preproduction and what constitutes phase 1 and phase 2)

    Check out this video of the Johnny Cash interview (one, if not the last)

  7. Saving Country Music
    May 15, 2012 at 1:40 am


    Calling me an “anonymous internet self-appointed expert” is no more fair than me calling you a comment section troll. My handle on here is no more anonymous than yours, and if you click on it, it will take you to my website where you can click on the “About” button and find out that my name is Kyle Coroneos and you can Google away from there.

    And I don’t think making the obvious observance that a Kickstarter with a lower amount has a greater chance of success is self appointing myself an expert, I think it is me being a master of the obvious.

  8. Saving Country Music
    May 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Reading back over my initial comment, I do think I came across too harsh on my take of The Carter Family Kickstarter. However, though I may not have as much knowledge about the project or Beth Harrington as some, I am familiar with her work and have been following the developments of this Carter Family project for some time. Honestly, my comment was not really a reaction to Beth or this project, but a $50,000 Kickstarter for a phase of a documentary.

    How did documentaries get made before Kickstarter? How do documentaries that do not use Kickstarter get funded? Who or what decides why one project is worthy of up-front funding, mitigating the financial risk for the filmmaker, while other filmmakers and their investors/associates must bear the complete financial risk themselves?

    I mentioned the recent Louvin documentary “Still Rattlin; The Devil’s Cage” that was Kickstarted with $3,000. The filmmakers eventually racked up tons of debt, spending personal money to make the film happen. And this was a serious, feature documentary premiered at the Nashville Film Festival, and was formatted to fit the PBS market for American Experience or another show. They also had to navigate music rights. I completely understand, it’s two different projects with specific needs, but the point is the advent of Kickstarter has raised some dilemmas that I think we must be open about.

    I want this Carter Family Kickstarter to be funded and Beth Harrington to be compensated for her work. I did not say she felt entitled, I said that is the impression I believe the large sum being asked for will have on some people. Their eyes will widen and they’ll say “good luck”, as opposed to navigating to the pledge button, as they may be more inclined to do with a smaller sum.

    I hope I’m wrong, and I hope the best for this documentary and Beth Harrington.

    And here’s some more articles elucidating the Kickstarter views from this “self-appointed expert”

  9. Jon
    May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    My handle on here is no more anonymous than yours, and if you click on it, it will take you to my website where you can click on the “About” button and find out that my name is Kyle Coroneos…

    Not using Chrome on a MacBook, you can’t. There’s a lot of foofaraw on that “About” page – which I looked at before making my comment – but the only proper names on there then and now are Shelton Hank Williams, Eric Church and Taylor Swift.

    And it’s kind of funny to see you taking issue with being called a self-appointed expert when, right on your own website, you call yourself a “self-proclaimed culture warrior.” Is there supposed to be some big difference between those two?

    And I don’t think making the obvious observance that a Kickstarter with a lower amount has a greater chance of success is self appointing myself an expert, I think it is me being a master of the obvious.

    Um, the word you were looking for but didn’t find is “observation”; “observance” means something else. And your initial post didn’t say squat about chances of success, it was a bunch of hooey what Kickstarter “is for,” about a purported sense of “entitlement” on the part of Ms. Harrington, and how she’s asking for “too much” money.

    And neither posting a bunch of mealy-mouthed and dishonest – really, dude, do you think the readers of your later post lack the capacity to scroll back up the page and see for themselves what you actually said? – walking back, nor
    adding links to more uninformed blather about “the spirit of Kickstarter” – really, dude, are you one of Kickstarter’s founders? – does anything to improve matters.

  10. Rick
    May 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    All right! Jon has a new verbal sparring partner in Kyle (ie Triggerman) from Saving Country Music! It might not be quite the same as the old Jim Malec feud days at The 9513, but it looks like it has real potential! Go for it guys! (lol)

    Aaron Tippin was a bit like Samuel Clemens when he pronounced “the news of my death has been greatly exaggerated!” (lol) Glad to hear that Aaron is okay.

    Yet more good reviews of the new Sara Watkins album eh? My interest is growing a smidge with each such mention.

    To me Kickstarter is a lot like PBS/NPR! I let other people send in money and then enjoy the end results!

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