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
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 Siman, 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
Please become part of our community and donate by clicking on the link below.