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Re: “For the Love of Ourselves: Tell Me How You Really Feel About The Story of Nashville

I know Nashville paid for the doc, but it wasn't presented as an informercial. At no point was there an announcement such as: "The following is a paid advertisement presented by the Nashville Conventions and Visitors Bureau and does not reflect the opinons of ABC... etc." I doubt any casual viewer would be aware of who paid for it unless they read the fine print in the credits. All I'm saying is that the line between documentary and commercial was slightly blurry at times.

Also, I agree that indie bands are in greater need of coverage, but if the object is to make a documentary about the Nashville music scene as a whole, I think Jack White has to be included, native or not. But I guess he wasn't available so it's a moot point. Emmylou Harris gave Third Man a shout-out though!

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Posted by Applejack on 11/05/2013 at 11:07 AM

Re: “For the Love of Ourselves: Tell Me How You Really Feel About The Story of Nashville

All things considered, I thought the doc was pretty good.

When I first heard a documentary about Nashville would be airing on TV, I just assumed it would be on WNPT. It was definitley cool to see a network doc talking about the Fisk Jubilee Singers and giving a 77-year old Kris Kristofferson an oppurtunity to play.

It did sound a little like an infomercial at times, even though it wasn't presented as a paid advertisement. Arguably, it was also idealistic to the point of being a little dreamy. Unlike Damien Horne, most first-time street buskers don't get whisked away and given recording contracts by country music stars.

I could nitpick about the things that didn't get mentioned or given enough attention, but that wouldn't be fair given that everything had to be squeezd into a fifty minute slot. I liked seeing artists like The Civil Wars and the Black Keys and thought the interviewees were smart choices over all. I was also pleasantly surprised to see JEFF as the token indie band, although perhaps there was not quite enough focus on "independent" artists in general. The absence of Jack White was noticable and unfortunate, but possibly not the producers' fault.

The production values were topnotch. The Johnny Cash show, Dylan's 60s recordings sessions, local venues got proper due. Finally, it was entertaining, and if it continues to be distributed (I heard it's going to air in Australia, and maybe on the BBC) it will probably serve its purpose in attracting tourism.

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Posted by Applejack on 11/05/2013 at 7:51 AM

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