Songs of an Unsung America

Project Status: 
In Progress

Songs of an Unsung America is the name of our series where we cast light on neglected pockets of regional music. Our first chapter is "The Center of Nowhere (The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Mo,)."

Our 90-minute documentary celebrates community and how everyday life informs music: the hills, religion, Route 66, the lakes, Springfield-style cashew chicken and even the birthplace of the Beverly Hillbiillies shape the sound of the most overlooked  mid-sized regional music scene in America.

"Center of Nowhere" includes the last on camera interview with Merle Haggard as well as commentary from Dave Alvin, Eric Ambel, Jaynie and Randle Chowning, Robbie Fulks, Michael "Supe" Grande, Scott Kempner, Brenda Lee, Dan Penn, Vance Powell, Jonathan Richman, Andy Shernoff, Scott iman, Syd Straw and many others, including the late Springfield producer Lou Whitney and members of his legendary Studio band.

"Center Of Nowhere" premiered in May, 2018 at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, TN. and made its Springfield debut in June, 2018 at the Historic Fox Theater on the Square. 

The Chicago debut is Oct. 14 at Chicago Filmmakers and it will be screened in early November at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

This, however, is not the end. It is just the beginning. Our DIY project needs your help to move forward in distribution and further festival exposure.

Please become part of our community and donate by clicking on the Donate link to the left.