It Ainít City Music
MAN 1, [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybodyís music, that there that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that theyíve got the big cities, and so theyíve taken the country music up town. Thatís what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit on the back porch, fight the flies and play. Thatís country music. It was raised, as far as I can remember, the first thing I ever heard, in the music business, was a guitar and maybe a banjo. And there you go, what else would you call it? There was no big cities then, maybe one, New York, or somewhere or other, but then thatís Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?
[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)
Title: IT AINT CITY MUSIC, FILM BY TOM DAVENPORT
(wide shot of campers and cars)
Title: FILMED AT THE NATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC CONTEST- WARRENTON, VIRGINIA)
MAN 2 BLUE SHIRT: This thing is growing into thousands and thousands of people. For instance, three or four days they come here, and park and stay here for these big shows. And they come from all over the world.
(Shots of people arriving, some carrying items for picnics).
(Two ladies,) WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: We didnít have no food. But my momma always had a guitar on the front porch.
(Shots of people arriving, distinctive bleached hair-dos on several women. Shots of people continue with voice over).
MAN 3 V/O: I think country music comes from the heart for people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I just put three years over seas in Morocco and a two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey. And sometimes when I get home tired from working, and be tired, and Iíd think of home. And feel depressed and homesick I put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I just shut my eyes and looked like I was going back three thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
(Shot of large group, the lake, and the back of a stage. Shot of guitar player and Evelyn Jamison. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).
(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).
MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I donít ever win, I just come to play thatís all.
MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Iím trying to pick up a dollar here and there. Iíll tell you the funny thing about this I came down on a shoestring and I lost it. I hope I win something, cuz buddy Iím going to have to get that thumb out there educated again to get back.
[Music] (The two musicians start to play, cut to large crowd at the stage area).
MAN 4 O/C: Whippowill Lake to me is just ...you got to be there. You got to be there every year.
WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And itís great
MAN 3 O/C: Itís great.
WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: Itís great, getís better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.
WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just came because I love the people and the music. And some of the best people Iíve ever met I met right here.
(Back to musicians playing, they finish)
MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: Itís the chance you have to meet people you meet only once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over again from each year to year here.
Playing music is a, I donít know what, you have a special interest in it whether you just listen to it you donít always have.
[Music] (Group of two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play song as another man looks on).
MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you like to play yourself, to get with other people who do play.
(Musicians finish, a brief conversation between two of them. The camera turns to a group of two fiddle players).
[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).
UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Itís part of this country. Thatís the way that people live, it was the only form of recreation they had square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music, basically itís American music.
UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.
UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, thatís right.
[Music] (Shot of people mingling, grouping around certain performers. One band of young men start singing. The shot moves to an older group of men, also playing and singing).
MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. Thereís not more playing on these grounds in these two days than youíll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over thereís a great big bunch, over thereís a great big bunch. They ainít started drinking and when they start drinking theyíll play that much longer. Oh yeah, itís wonderful. And you have the bestÖ
[Music] (A band with a guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, playing to a small crowd. Shots of people dancing to the music. As the music ends, we are given a shot of the huge crowd near the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)
EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg Virginia and Iím a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park, itís a cemetery.
ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.
[Music] (YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to YOUNG BOY).
Twice on the pipes
Means you ainít going to show.
AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, Iím from Lorton Virginia, and I in the country music field, part time entertainment and automobile salesman. Iím known to Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear and itís been going real good for me.
[Music: Donít Touch Me] (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman singing onstage with a microphone).
Donít open the door to heaven
If I canít come in.
Donít touch me if you donít love meÖ
ANNOUNCER O/C: Ladies and Gentleman this is 139
[Music] (FIRST PERFORMER 2, then a string band, then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4 singing Where Is My Castle, interspersed with shots of members of the audience).
And every time Iíve trusted love to lead me by the hand
It circled back and left me where I stand.
Where is my castle? Where is my destiny?
How much longer will I have dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love thatís meant for meÖ
WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you havenít seen for years, different musicians that youíve known, and different people, and things, events that have happened in your life. And you can really write your life with those songs.
[Music: I Know Youíre Married But I Love You Still] (MUSICIAN 1 plays guitar and sings with YOUNG WOMAN IN BLUE).
The day I met you my heart spoke to me
It said to love you through eternity
Not knowing that you were another's bride
I vowed I'd always be close by your side
You know I love you and I always will
I know you're married but I love you stillÖ
Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs thatís ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar joint, or something like that, some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, he gets all of his ideas out of a TV Guide.
(Cut back to MUSICIAN 1 and YOUNG WOMAN IN BLUE.)
My broken heart will have to pay the cost
(Music continues as film cuts to footage of people walking around the parking area, hanging out in the shade. Wide shot of cars and campers).
You know I love you and I always will
I know you're married but I love you still.
MAN 7 IN PINK BUTTON UP: Well, Iíve heard people laugh and say: Somebodyís always in jail, somebodyís getting divorced, every country song you hear, the guyís either in jail or heís got a divorce, one or the other, you know? So, itís their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.
[Music: You Win Again] (Close up of YOUNG WOMAN WITH LONG BROWN HAIR. This band was called "The Adams Brothers". The singer is Patty Epley [died 1984]. Dad Adams on guitar [died 1979] with Dale Adams on bass and son Tom on the banjo. Information provide by Tom Adams in 2010.)
The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' around
I know that I should leave but then
I just can't go. You win again
This heart of mineÖ
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