The music of the United States reflects the country’s multi-ethnic population through a diverse array of styles. Among the country’s most renowned genres are blues, country, jazz, folk, gospel, and rock & roll. Many American cities and towns have vibrant music scenes which support a number of regional musical styles. Along with musical centers such as Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Portland, Memphis, many smaller cities have produced distinctive styles of music. The Cajun and Creole traditions in Louisiana music and the bluegrass and old time music of the Southeastern states are a few examples of diversity in American music. The sounds are as sweet as mountain air and as sultry as a summer night in Mississippi delta country. The instruments vary from fiddle to banjo to accordion to guitar to drum. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has a universal power.
With our film Across the Tracks I have the opportunity to seek out and share a new adventure, new experiences, and a new understanding, through the people and music we encounter. I believe music inspects the essence of our being in an unexplained fashion and holds great power in its transcendence. As we delve into our journey of the American spirit, I invite you to join in on our discoveries as we explore the harmonic connection and wonderment that music touches throughout all humanity.
There is something so honest and compelling about this music that I feel it needs a wider audience. I am determined to document this musical culture. Our production will travel across America by train and foot from Seattle to New York over a period of 15 days. The footage assembled will be simple, strong performances that stand alone, without the glitz associated with the music industry. Across the Tracks will include a broad variety of interviews, musical performances, and our journey across the United States seeking out these musicians.
In August 2013, we will be traveling primarily by train from Seattle, Washington to New York, New York; approximately 5212 miles. We will be making several scheduled stops along the 15 day journey. Our goal is to be able to approach and film a wide variety of musicians and performers across America, as well as document our travels through the states. We will be traveling light and plan to conserve money by utilizing tents and hospitality of others.