Watch The Trailer For Jack White's 'American Epic' Documentary
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:32:22
It's been awhile since we've heard about Jack White's American Epic documentary, but now a release day has finally been set. The three-part documentary series and feature film was originally supposed to air in early 2016, but it mysteriously never happened. The film, which is executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford, and T Bone Burnett, is now set to air on PBS on May 16th.
Robert Redford narrates the documentary, which focuses on the music and musicians recorded by talent scouts from major record companies in the 1920s. It will be accompanied by a feature film documenting performances by modern-day musicians using 1920s recording equipment. The film includes performances by Jack White, Beck, Nas, Alabama Shakes, Merle Haggard, Elton John, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Raphael Saadiq, the Avett Brothers, Los Lobos, Bettye LaVette, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell.
A companion soundtrack, a 100-song box set, original archival recordings, and studio performances from The American Epic Sessions will also be released on Sony Music's Legacy Recordings and Jack White's Third Man Records.
Today, a trailer for the documentary was released featuring Jack White, Elton John, and Nas. Old and new footage can be found spaced between desert, swamp, and train shots, which give a modern glow to the trailer's old-timey feel. Watch it below.
American Epic is set to show an inside look at the sounds that shaped today's popular music, and it certainly a must-see for any musicologists or simply fans of the art that fills our ears every day.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff