For even the most cursory followers of the Nashville rock scene, Bobby Bare Jr. is a longtime luminary needing no introduction. The rest of the world at large still needs a Bare bones primer. With Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost): A Film About Bobby Bare Jr., rock-documentarian William Miller (no relation to THIS William Miller) aims to tell BBJ’s story through candid, exclusive footage capturing the singer-songwriter in the studio, at home and on the road, and with interview commentary from a Music City-centric, alliteratively convenient array of talking heads the likes of his pops, Bobby Bare Sr., Duane Denison, David Vandervelde, Van Campbell, Hayes Carll, Carey Kotsionis, Mike Grimes, Justin Townes Earle and members of My Morning Jacket. Check out the trailer above.
In an email sent to the Scene, Bare Jr. says, “this editor from NYC has been following me around with a film crew for the last year and a half — it's part of D.A. Pennebaker's non-profit and has been edited by the same lady who did the Wilco doc.”
Let’s assume he’s talking about Erin Nordstrom, who edited 2002’s not-exactly-heartbreaking but fan-fascinating Wilco flick I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. And let’s also assume that the NPO in question is Living Archives, the film-funding organization founded by legendary master of musically inclined cinema verite D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop).
Pennebaker had this to say about the film:
You are peeking at a man, on the road … a touring musician with this "thing" on his back. You are watching — not looking for someone to explain and that watching is what gives it its force. The way it's shot is marvelous, I loved it, I loved the look of it (from the black-and-white to vibrant colors). Everything about it suggests real, a real film, a real trip. You don't even have to know or understand the words to the songs — you just know this is what he does for not many people, for barely any money... he doesn't know what else to do.
You can find that quote on the film’s IndieGoGo crowd-funding page, where its makers are trying to reach a $25K production goal — and with 49 days left, they’re only $670 toward achieving it. So if you like what you see above and want to see more, consider pitching in. Ten dollars will get you a shout-out in the film’s ending credits, while $100 gets you a signed poster, $500 gets you a private screening and $20K gets you a full-on executive producer credit. So if you've got that kind of capital, mogul on over this-a-way.