Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Flash Mob for the History Books

This past Saturday a flash mob took place in Portland, Oregon. But it didn't involve synchronized dance moves or an elaborate wedding proposal as so many do these days. Instead it went back to the basics, the roots, if you will, of country music.

A few musicians began playing the Carter Family's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" to a curious crowd of onlookers at Portland’s Skidmore Fountain. Slowly other musicians with varying instruments from flute to banjo to mandolin emerged from the sidelines and joined in. By the end of the rousing chorus, dozens of people from all walks of life were singing the classic country tune.

The flash mob was orchestrated by the producers of a documentary called The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music. In the spirit of full disclosure, the film is being made by our big sister Beth Harrington, and we even have helped her out with the project from time to time. But this latest stroke of marketing genius was an idea thought up by Beth and a team who is helping her get the film finished.

She is done with principal photography and is now trying to raise funds for post-production with a Kickstarter campaign. They are over 40% of the way to reaching the goal of $50,000 by June 28. The film tells the story of country music's founding fathers and the family that has carried the torch through several generations. It includes Johnny Cash's last interview just weeks before his death.

If you'd like to contribute to preserving this piece of music history consider donating even $5. Larger contributions will earn cool gifts like a spot at a reception with Roseanne Cash, tickets to premieres, copies of the companion book, private screenings and a trip to the Carter Family Fold. To see a trailer and learn more about the film visit The Winding Stream website.

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