You've never heard of them...
We'd like to introduce you to the thousands of musicians working hard across America to get their voices heard.
Our story started a year ago in a small town in Oklahoma called Okemah, the birthplace of Woodie Guthrie. Filming behind-the-scenes videos full-time for musicians had brought us all over the world, but this particular gig was unlike anything we had ever filmed. Our subject was Colter Wall, a folk singer-songwriter with the weathered voice of an old man trapped in the body of a 20-year-old boy. He was touring America, playing tunes from a forgotten era to folks in dingy basement bars, auto body shops, and grassy outdoor festivals. He was sleeping in stale motel rooms. Hard working musicians know this lifestyle all too well. This is life on the road.
As we were preparing our drone to shoot an overhead shot of Colter walking with his guitar in hand, he was approached by a charming elderly woman. She asked what he was doing in town. He told her that he was a musician, and he was playing the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. She was excited and asked him if he would come over and play some songs for her family. "If you do, I'll give you a beer," she told him. So when we finished shooting the drone shot, Colter told us that we should all walk over to her house and film him playing some songs for them.
He played for about an hour on her front porch as a dozen strangers danced and listened. The woman, who was sitting with her great-grandchildren, was smiling ear to ear the whole time. It was clear that Colter had made this woman's week by sharing his music with her family. He finished playing, and she thanked him. She handed him a beer and gave him a big hug.
We were moved by the interaction. In almost 3 years filming behind-the-scenes with musicians, we had never seen anything so raw. We filmed Kanye and Rihanna that same summer, and no stories stand out the way that Colter's front porch concert does. We looked our musical idols deep in the eyes, and we've never seen the emotion that we saw in the woman's eyes in Okemah.
So we quit our dream job. Passed on the opportunity to spend another summer filming with the biggest names in the music industry. We decided that we were going to find the stories that are buried deep in the soil, and make a record with the musicians that tell them. We're going to spread the word that music isn't about getting followers on the internet, it's about expressing human emotion.
We bought an RV, converted it into a recording studio, and we're going to spend 10 weeks living life on the road. We will create an album of original music, a documentary film about the trip, and dozens of videos along the way. Our goal is to shed some light on the forgotten musicians of America-- the buskers, the dive bar dwellers, and the struggling songwriters.
We're going to make videos and tell stories throughout the summer. If you'd like to receive updates via email, leave us your contact info and we will keep in touch.