The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, November 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Highlights from The Johnny Cash Show (ABC, 1969-1971)
After the great success of his two live prison albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, the ABC television network approached country music icon Johnny Cash to host his own musical variety show. The resulting series ran for 58 episodes and featured dozens of the top folk and country musicians. Recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, then the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the show also featured June Carter Cash (his wife) and the Carter Family, The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, and The Tennessee Three. This compilation of highlights from the show came from the recently acquired Marty Stuart Archives Collection of the Library of Congress and was digitally preserved and curated by Bill Rush of the Video Preservation Lab at the Packard Campus. Except for a number by Derek and the Dominos which was included on a Sony DVD release in 2007, none of these performances have been seen for more than 45 years. The acts include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard and of course Johnny Cash himself.
Friday, November 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in Concert – SOLD OUT
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage return to Culpeper for this already sold-out concert. The Wall Street Journal has called Rhonda Vincent “The New Queen of Bluegrass” and her three Grammy nominations and current status as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s female vocalist of the year provide credence to the accolade.
Saturday, November 5 (2 p.m.)
Your Cheatin’ Heart (MGM, 1964)
Country music legend Hank Williams was only 29 years old when he died from heart failure exacerbated by pills and alcohol in 1953. Filmed with the cooperation of Williams’ widow, Audrey, Your Cheatin’ Heart was a sincere attempt to tell Hank’s story, though true to Hollywood, it tended to fictionalize or gloss over certain aspects of Williams’ life. Made on a modest budget, it became one of the top grossing films of the year. Directed by Gene Nelson, the film stars George Hamilton as Hank Williams and Susan Oliver as Audrey. Fifteen year old Hank Williams Jr. was tapped to provide the vocals for such country classics as I Saw the Light, Jambalaya, Hey, Good Lookin’, Cold, Cold Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, and the title song. The soundtrack album quickly sold over a million copies, launching Jr.’s career.
Saturday, November 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Wild Horse Mesa (Paramount, 1925)
Jack Holt stars as trail rider Chane Weymer who thwarts a dangerous scheme by an evil gang to capture a herd of wild horses by running them into a barbed wire corral. Also in the cast are Noah Berry, Billie Dove and a young Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Based on the novel by enormously popular Western writer Zane Gray, Wild Horse Mesa was shot on location in Colorado. The story was filmed again in 1932 starring Randolph Scott, and in 1947 with Jack Holt’s son Tim in the leading role. The 1925 comedy short West is West starring Billy West will precede the feature. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew E. Simpson.
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.