The music/reality television pilot “Stone Cold Sober…In Music City” is picking up steam and it looks like we’re headed into production later this Spring. I’m excited because this is a project I’ve really wanted see get off the ground ever since Michael Catalano introduced me to Brian Adams and Jared Blake over six months ago. In fact, it was my trip to Nashville to meet these guys and the band, The Levees, last summer that I decided to open Unconventional South. I’ve always loved the music energy of Nashville, ever since I was working there doing music videos with Think Pictures (Martin Kahan and Venetia Mayhew) in the late ’80s and early ’90s. I’m glad to be back.
Check out the Stone Cold Sober Music website and you’ll hear what an amazing roster of musicians creator Brian Adams has gathered for this series. Anyone that has seen my film “Travelin’ Trains” knows my love of Americana roots music and with this show, we plan on delivering not only the music, but the stories of the struggles to get the music heard. When talking about “Stone Cold,” I keep referring to documentarian James Szalapski’s late 70’s film, “Heartworn Highways,” which followed artists like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young and Steve Earle before any of these guys were household names. They’re all so young, sitting around the living rooms and small studios, smoking cigarettes and drinking, playing music and espousing the importance of the back-to-basics movement in Country. This is intercut with performances by the Charlie Daniels Band and David Allan Coe in sparkly outfits. I think of “Stone Cold Sober…In Music City” as a retelling, but now it’s thirty years later. The show will touch on all the dramatic aspects of a musician’s life— including the secrets, challenges, competitiveness, successes and failures. The struggle to get your music heard has not changed, only the musicians.
Brian Adams has been the catalyst in keeping the momentum of this project moving forward. Unlike so many good ideas that fall away without a champion, Brian has lead the charge and continues to ignite interest in the possibilities of the show. Adams comes from a financial background and has always specialized in managing projects from the development stages, but I’ve worked with many that call themselves “producers” and I truly believe Brian has found his calling.
Brian recently brought on Jennifer Rachidi, Owner and Brand Developer for TRUST, to provide promotion and branding. The plan now is to line up shows throughout the Southeastern United States for Spring 2009. The reality tour series targets a wide range of venues, sponsors, and fans. As Brian said in the Press Release, “I felt drawn to expose the public and fans to the secrets and developments of a singer/songwriter on their way to a star career. It’s the untold and unseen sides of a performer that will be exposed.” Audiences will be able to watch clips and interviews via online streaming, adding comments and ideas, during this phase of the production. Public involvement at this stage will be the key to the success of the completed show. Check out the MySpace site to hear the music and become a Friend. It’s going to be a wild ride.