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Film on country and bluegrass to be shown at CCU

March 12, 2014

“High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” will be shown at Coastal Carolina University on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium. The documentary film is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.

This event is part four of the six-part film series “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series consists of screenings of documentary films about major genres of 20th century American music, followed by scholarly discussions on how the music has impacted our American culture and musical landscape. Each session will end with live music featuring CCU music faculty and students.

“High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” weaves haunting archival footage and photographs from the 1930s and 1940s with toe-tapping live performances. The film traces the origins of bluegrass music from the Kentucky hills of Appalachia through the innovations that shaped its current form. This documentary explores the history of this subgenre of country music through the story of Bill Monroe, considered the father of bluegrass.

Upcoming films in the series are:

* Monday, April 7, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Session Five: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop featuring “Latin Music USA, Episode 1: Bridges” and “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale” * Monday, April 21, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Session Six: Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In”

The “America’s Music” film series has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, awarded to CCU’s Department of Music and Kimbel Library. CCU is one of only 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series. “America’s Music” is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music.

The James J. Johnson Auditorium is in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, located at 119 Chanticleer Drive E. in Conway.

For more information, contact Patti Edwards, project director, at 843-349-2570 or, or Amy Tully, project scholar, at 843-349-2352 or