We are proud to announce that our documentary film Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B will screen at this years IBMA’s first annual Bluegrass Film Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 3rd and 4th.
For more information please visit IBMA and we hope to see you there!
Backyard Green Films in association with Mountain Redbird Music is proud to release James Reams and The Barnstormers latest music video.
“Almost Hear the Blues” is included on James Reams & The Barnstormers’ 8th CD entitled One Foot in the Honky Tonk . The CD has made two Top Ten CD lists. Here’s what one reviewer had to say: “A wonderful bluegrass album that is just waiting for more of us to discover. As he has consistently done, within this new volume James Reams’ life experiences and those of his ancestors permeate the songs — whether he wrote them or not — not just lending them authenticity but ensuring they are authentic. There are few bluegrass singers who match the lithe and masculine timbre Reams brings to the songs he is called to perform. With One Foot in the Honky Tonk, James Reams further defines his bluegrass, blending the varied elements of the roadhouse with sounds from the hills of Kentucky and her neighbors. One foot in the honky-tonk indeed, but the rest of the Barnstormers’ bodies and their souls are deep in the bluegrass.”
Backyard Green Films is proud to release the latest music video that we shot for The Palominos and Randm Records.
Here is the lead single from The Palominos debut EP, “Come On In”, out now on Randm Records.
We are proud to announce that the documentary film Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B has been accepted to the NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival on January 26, 2014. For more information about the festival and show times please go to NCBS
Backyard Green Films is proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds from the DVD sales of Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B will be donated to the Bluegrass Trust Fund in Herschel Sizemore’s name. Here’s more information about the trust.
The Bluegrass Trust Fund (the “Trust”) was established in 1987 as a means to offer financial assistance to bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need. Patterned after similar entities in the music world, the Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable institution governed by an autonomous five-person board of trustees appointed by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
The trustees are responsible for managing the Trust including accepting donations and making decisions on the disbursement of funds to those in need. Since 1987 the Trust has raised more than $400,000 (primarily through IBMA’s Bluegrass Fan Fest and donations from individuals) and has disbursed over half of its deposits to scores of bluegrass professionals and their families when other sources of financial help had failed them. Many times the fund is called on for medical emergencies, at times of death, natural disaster or other hardships. Applying For Assistance Financial grants and loans are available from the Trust to individuals anywhere in the world who are involved as a professional in bluegrass music (or were actively involved at some point in their career).
Examples of such professionals might include artists, composers, broadcasters, media representatives, event producers, agents, educators, managers, and employees of record companies. Families of such individuals may also qualify for assistance. Each request for assistance is judged on its own merits and should demonstrate a financial emergency or circumstance involving dire need. There is no limit to the amount an applicant may request, but grants have generally ranged from $500.00 to $5000.00 due to fund limitations. The Trust also welcomes applications from interested third parties on behalf of individuals in need. All requests and the circumstances surrounding them are held in the strictest of confidence.
Making a Donation: The Trust encourages donations of any size and welcomes planned or estate gifts. All such gifts are acknowledged and may qualify as tax deductible charitable contributions. Over 98% of funds donated and interest earned is used for actual grants and loans with only a small amount needed to cover expenses to administer the Trust.
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Bluegrass legend Herschel Sizemore and his wife Joyce were both diagnosed with cancer on the same day in the Fall of 2011. On the evening of February 19th, 2012 bluegrass stars came out for a special benefit concert in Roanoke, Virginia and the music community that supported the event captures the spirit of the man being feted. With interviews and performances by The Seldom Scene, David Grisman, Doyle Lawson, The Travelers, Chris Thile, and a special reunion of Del McCoury and The Dixie Pals. This is a lasting tribute to one of the greatest mandolin players of our time.
Using rare archival footage and interviews, Children of the Stars chronicles a UFO contactee group as they relive their past lives on other planets by making their own science fiction films. Produced by Billingsgate and Backyard Green Films. Available on DVD at Billingsgate.org
Backyard Green Films is trying to raise money to finish the documentary film entitled “A Mandolin in B”. The story is about Herschel Sizemore and the many musicians he has influenced. so please go to www.Indiegogo.com/A-Mandolin-in-B to learn more and to become a part of the film.
We are getting ready to travel back to Virginia to do another round of interviews for our documentary film “A Mandolin in B”. First with Herschel Sizemore and then down to North Carolina to interview Doyle Lawson during his festival.