It Ain't City Music, Transcription

Edited by Daniel W. Patterson


MAN 1 [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybody’s music. That there—that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that they’ve got the big cities, and so they’ve taken the country music uptown. That’s what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit down on the back porch, fight the flies, and play. That’s 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 that’s Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?

[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)

Title:  IT AIN’T CITY MUSIC
          A 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 didn’t have no food. But 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 hearts of people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I sometimes--I just put three years overseas in Morocco and two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey—and some nights I’d come home tired from working, and get thinking about home, and feel a little depressed and homesick, I’d put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I could shut my eyes, and look like I was going all the way 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 Jamerson. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).

(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).

MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I don’t ever win. I just come to play. That’s all.

FILMMAKER: How about you?

MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Yeah, I’m trying to pick up a dollar here and there. (people laughing) I’ll tell you, the funny thing about this. I come down on a shoestring, and I lost it. I hope I win something, ‘cause, buddy, I’m 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: Whippoorwill Lake to me is just ...you know, you got to be there! You got to be there every year.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And it’s great.

MAN 3 O/C: It’s great.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: It’s great, gets better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.

WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just come because I love the people and love the music. And some of the best people I’ve ever met I met right here.

(Back to musicians playing—they finish. The crowd clapping.)

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: It’s a chance to meet a lot of people that you only meet once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over and over from each year to year here.

Playing music is—I don’t know, you have a special interest in it—whether just listening to it, you don’t always have.

[Music] (Two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play Don Reno’s “Talk of the Town” as another man looks on).

I’ll go down to the river and slowly walk around
And if my thoughts . . .

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you play yourself, why, you really like to get with other people that do play.

(song continues)
Oh, after what you’ve done to me,
I know I’ve grown to be
The laughing stock, the talk of the town.

(The Musicians finish.) ONE: How are you, Richard?

THE OTHER: Fine.

THIRD MAN: Oh, man. That’s hard on your feet, ain’t it?

THE OTHER: Right. I tell you. . .

(The camera turns to fiddle players).

[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).

UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Well, it’s part of this country. That’s the way that people live. That’s the only form of recreation they had, square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music. Basically, it’s American music.

UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.

UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, that’s 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 a snatch of “Listening to the Rain” from the Montana band Kane’s River):

Knowing that it must be true--
That’s the thing that’s causing all the pain.
While I’m sitting here wondering where you are. . .

MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. There’s more playing on these grounds in these two days than you’ll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over here’s a great big bunch, over here’s a great big bunch. They ain’t started yet, and when they start drinking they’ll play that much longer. Oh yeah, it’s wonderful. And you have the best…

[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 watching a stage at the edge of the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)

UNIDENTIFIED:    …wahoo! Hey, grandma.

EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I’m a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park. It’s a cemetery.

ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.

[Music] (VERY YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to BOY, singing Levine Irwin and Brown Lawrence Russell’s “Knock Three Times):

Mmm, hmm, Twice on the pipes
Means you ain’t going to show.

AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, from Lorton, Virginia, and I’m in the country music field, part-time entertainer and automobile salesman. I’m known through Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear. And it’s been going real good for me.

ANNOUNCER O/C: This is 139, Judges.”

[Music: (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman onstage with a microphone singing Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me”):

Don’t open the door to heaven
If I can’t come in.
Don’t touch me if you don’t love me…

[Music] (Then a string band; then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4, singing Dallas Frazier’s “Where Is My Castle,” interspersed with shots of members of the audience).

And every time I 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 to dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love that’s meant for me…?

WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you haven’t seen for years, different musicians that you’ve 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 You’re Married, But I Love You Still” by Don Reno and Mack Magaha] (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 still…

Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs that’s ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar, or something like that. Some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, and 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, I’ve heard people laugh and say, “Somebody’s always in jail, or somebody’s just got divorced. Any country song you hear, the guy’s either in jail or he’s got divorced, one or the other, you know?” But it does—so, it’s their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.

[Music: “You Win Again” by Hank Williams, Sr.] (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 provided by Tom Adams in 2010.]

The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' ‘round.
I know that I should leave, but then
I just can't go. You win again.

This heart of mine…

SHIRTLESS MAN: Country music has a meaning. There something behind it. You know, there’s stories behind it. Instead of just a lot of words, there’s meaning. I think the people that write it have a lot of feeling for other people.

[Song continues]

Just trusting you was my great sin.
What can I do? You win again.

I’m sorry for your victim now,
‘Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give you his heart, but all in vain.
And someday say, you win again.

You have no heart. . .

WOMAN WITH A SMALL BOY IN HER LAP: A lot of songs that’s wrote, one person or another, it fits. It fits their life. Just like, you know, like “Fifteen Years Ago Today.” Charlie Pride, he sang that too.

[song continues]

. . .and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain.
I love you still. You win again.


[CREDITS]:

EDITING
LEE STIEG

SOUND
MIMI DAVENPORT
HARVEY GREENSTEIN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN WELT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
TOBY FOOTE
REBECCA DAVENPORT
DAVE THOMAS
SUE THOMAS
AND
THE WARRENTON JAYCEES

PRODUCED BY
TOM DAVENPORT

PEARLSTONE FILM COMPANY
DELAPLANE, VIRGINIA
© 1973

MAN 1 [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybody’s music. That there—that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that they’ve got the big cities, and so they’ve taken the country music uptown. That’s what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit down on the back porch, fight the flies, and play. That’s 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 that’s Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?

[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)

Title:  IT AIN’T CITY MUSIC
          A 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 didn’t have no food. But 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 hearts of people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I sometimes--I just put three years overseas in Morocco and two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey—and some nights I’d come home tired from working, and get thinking about home, and feel a little depressed and homesick, I’d put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I could shut my eyes, and look like I was going all the way 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 Jamerson. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).

(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).

MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I don’t ever win. I just come to play. That’s all.

FILMMAKER: How about you?

MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Yeah, I’m trying to pick up a dollar here and there. (people laughing) I’ll tell you, the funny thing about this. I come down on a shoestring, and I lost it. I hope I win something, ‘cause, buddy, I’m 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: Whippoorwill Lake to me is just ...you know, you got to be there! You got to be there every year.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And it’s great.

MAN 3 O/C: It’s great.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: It’s great, gets better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.

WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just come because I love the people and love the music. And some of the best people I’ve ever met I met right here.

(Back to musicians playing—they finish. The crowd clapping.)

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: It’s a chance to meet a lot of people that you only meet once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over and over from each year to year here.

Playing music is—I don’t know, you have a special interest in it—whether just listening to it, you don’t always have.

[Music] (Two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play Don Reno’s “Talk of the Town” as another man looks on).

I’ll go down to the river and slowly walk around
And if my thoughts . . .

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you play yourself, why, you really like to get with other people that do play.

(song continues)
Oh, after what you’ve done to me,
I know I’ve grown to be
The laughing stock, the talk of the town.

(The Musicians finish.) ONE: How are you, Richard?

THE OTHER: Fine.

THIRD MAN: Oh, man. That’s hard on your feet, ain’t it?

THE OTHER: Right. I tell you. . .

(The camera turns to fiddle players).

[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).

UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Well, it’s part of this country. That’s the way that people live. That’s the only form of recreation they had, square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music. Basically, it’s American music.

UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.

UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, that’s 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 a snatch of “Listening to the Rain” from the Montana band Kane’s River):

Knowing that it must be true--
That’s the thing that’s causing all the pain.
While I’m sitting here wondering where you are. . .

MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. There’s more playing on these grounds in these two days than you’ll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over here’s a great big bunch, over here’s a great big bunch. They ain’t started yet, and when they start drinking they’ll play that much longer. Oh yeah, it’s wonderful. And you have the best…

[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 watching a stage at the edge of the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)

UNIDENTIFIED:    …wahoo! Hey, grandma.

EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I’m a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park. It’s a cemetery.

ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.

[Music] (VERY YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to BOY, singing Levine Irwin and Brown Lawrence Russell’s “Knock Three Times):

Mmm, hmm, Twice on the pipes
Means you ain’t going to show.

AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, from Lorton, Virginia, and I’m in the country music field, part-time entertainer and automobile salesman. I’m known through Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear. And it’s been going real good for me.

ANNOUNCER O/C: This is 139, Judges.”

[Music: (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman onstage with a microphone singing Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me”):

Don’t open the door to heaven
If I can’t come in.
Don’t touch me if you don’t love me…

[Music] (Then a string band; then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4, singing Dallas Frazier’s “Where Is My Castle,” interspersed with shots of members of the audience).

And every time I 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 to dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love that’s meant for me…?

WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you haven’t seen for years, different musicians that you’ve 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 You’re Married, But I Love You Still” by Don Reno and Mack Magaha] (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 still…

Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs that’s ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar, or something like that. Some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, and 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, I’ve heard people laugh and say, “Somebody’s always in jail, or somebody’s just got divorced. Any country song you hear, the guy’s either in jail or he’s got divorced, one or the other, you know?” But it does—so, it’s their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.

[Music: “You Win Again” by Hank Williams, Sr.] (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 provided by Tom Adams in 2010.]

The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' ‘round.
I know that I should leave, but then
I just can't go. You win again.

This heart of mine…

SHIRTLESS MAN: Country music has a meaning. There something behind it. You know, there’s stories behind it. Instead of just a lot of words, there’s meaning. I think the people that write it have a lot of feeling for other people.

[Song continues]

Just trusting you was my great sin.
What can I do? You win again.

I’m sorry for your victim now,
‘Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give you his heart, but all in vain.
And someday say, you win again.

You have no heart. . .

WOMAN WITH A SMALL BOY IN HER LAP: A lot of songs that’s wrote, one person or another, it fits. It fits their life. Just like, you know, like “Fifteen Years Ago Today.” Charlie Pride, he sang that too.

[song continues]

. . .and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain.
I love you still. You win again.


[CREDITS]:

EDITING
LEE STIEG

SOUND
MIMI DAVENPORT
HARVEY GREENSTEIN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN WELT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
TOBY FOOTE
REBECCA DAVENPORT
DAVE THOMAS
SUE THOMAS
AND
THE WARRENTON JAYCEES

PRODUCED BY
TOM DAVENPORT

PEARLSTONE FILM COMPANY
DELAPLANE, VIRGINIA
© 1973

MAN 1 [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybody’s music. That there—that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that they’ve got the big cities, and so they’ve taken the country music uptown. That’s what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit down on the back porch, fight the flies, and play. That’s 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 that’s Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?

[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)

Title:  IT AIN’T CITY MUSIC
          A 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 didn’t have no food. But 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 hearts of people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I sometimes--I just put three years overseas in Morocco and two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey—and some nights I’d come home tired from working, and get thinking about home, and feel a little depressed and homesick, I’d put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I could shut my eyes, and look like I was going all the way 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 Jamerson. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).

(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).

MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I don’t ever win. I just come to play. That’s all.

FILMMAKER: How about you?

MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Yeah, I’m trying to pick up a dollar here and there. (people laughing) I’ll tell you, the funny thing about this. I come down on a shoestring, and I lost it. I hope I win something, ‘cause, buddy, I’m 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: Whippoorwill Lake to me is just ...you know, you got to be there! You got to be there every year.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And it’s great.

MAN 3 O/C: It’s great.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: It’s great, gets better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.

WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just come because I love the people and love the music. And some of the best people I’ve ever met I met right here.

(Back to musicians playing—they finish. The crowd clapping.)

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: It’s a chance to meet a lot of people that you only meet once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over and over from each year to year here.

Playing music is—I don’t know, you have a special interest in it—whether just listening to it, you don’t always have.

[Music] (Two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play Don Reno’s “Talk of the Town” as another man looks on).

I’ll go down to the river and slowly walk around
And if my thoughts . . .

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you play yourself, why, you really like to get with other people that do play.

(song continues)
Oh, after what you’ve done to me,
I know I’ve grown to be
The laughing stock, the talk of the town.

(The Musicians finish.) ONE: How are you, Richard?

THE OTHER: Fine.

THIRD MAN: Oh, man. That’s hard on your feet, ain’t it?

THE OTHER: Right. I tell you. . .

(The camera turns to fiddle players).

[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).

UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Well, it’s part of this country. That’s the way that people live. That’s the only form of recreation they had, square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music. Basically, it’s American music.

UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.

UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, that’s 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 a snatch of “Listening to the Rain” from the Montana band Kane’s River):

Knowing that it must be true--
That’s the thing that’s causing all the pain.
While I’m sitting here wondering where you are. . .

MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. There’s more playing on these grounds in these two days than you’ll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over here’s a great big bunch, over here’s a great big bunch. They ain’t started yet, and when they start drinking they’ll play that much longer. Oh yeah, it’s wonderful. And you have the best…

[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 watching a stage at the edge of the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)

UNIDENTIFIED:    …wahoo! Hey, grandma.

EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I’m a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park. It’s a cemetery.

ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.

[Music] (VERY YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to BOY, singing Levine Irwin and Brown Lawrence Russell’s “Knock Three Times):

Mmm, hmm, Twice on the pipes
Means you ain’t going to show.

AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, from Lorton, Virginia, and I’m in the country music field, part-time entertainer and automobile salesman. I’m known through Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear. And it’s been going real good for me.

ANNOUNCER O/C: This is 139, Judges.”

[Music: (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman onstage with a microphone singing Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me”):

Don’t open the door to heaven
If I can’t come in.
Don’t touch me if you don’t love me…

[Music] (Then a string band; then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4, singing Dallas Frazier’s “Where Is My Castle,” interspersed with shots of members of the audience).

And every time I 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 to dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love that’s meant for me…?

WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you haven’t seen for years, different musicians that you’ve 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 You’re Married, But I Love You Still” by Don Reno and Mack Magaha] (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 still…

Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs that’s ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar, or something like that. Some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, and 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, I’ve heard people laugh and say, “Somebody’s always in jail, or somebody’s just got divorced. Any country song you hear, the guy’s either in jail or he’s got divorced, one or the other, you know?” But it does—so, it’s their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.

[Music: “You Win Again” by Hank Williams, Sr.] (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 provided by Tom Adams in 2010.]

The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' ‘round.
I know that I should leave, but then
I just can't go. You win again.

This heart of mine…

SHIRTLESS MAN: Country music has a meaning. There something behind it. You know, there’s stories behind it. Instead of just a lot of words, there’s meaning. I think the people that write it have a lot of feeling for other people.

[Song continues]

Just trusting you was my great sin.
What can I do? You win again.

I’m sorry for your victim now,
‘Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give you his heart, but all in vain.
And someday say, you win again.

You have no heart. . .

WOMAN WITH A SMALL BOY IN HER LAP: A lot of songs that’s wrote, one person or another, it fits. It fits their life. Just like, you know, like “Fifteen Years Ago Today.” Charlie Pride, he sang that too.

[song continues]

. . .and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain.
I love you still. You win again.


[CREDITS]:

EDITING
LEE STIEG

SOUND
MIMI DAVENPORT
HARVEY GREENSTEIN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN WELT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
TOBY FOOTE
REBECCA DAVENPORT
DAVE THOMAS
SUE THOMAS
AND
THE WARRENTON JAYCEES

PRODUCED BY
TOM DAVENPORT

PEARLSTONE FILM COMPANY
DELAPLANE, VIRGINIA
© 1973

MAN 1 [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybody’s music. That there—that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that they’ve got the big cities, and so they’ve taken the country music uptown. That’s what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit down on the back porch, fight the flies, and play. That’s 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 that’s Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?

[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)

Title:  IT AIN’T CITY MUSIC
          A 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 didn’t have no food. But 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 hearts of people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I sometimes--I just put three years overseas in Morocco and two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey—and some nights I’d come home tired from working, and get thinking about home, and feel a little depressed and homesick, I’d put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I could shut my eyes, and look like I was going all the way 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 Jamerson. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).

(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).

MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I don’t ever win. I just come to play. That’s all.

FILMMAKER: How about you?

MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Yeah, I’m trying to pick up a dollar here and there. (people laughing) I’ll tell you, the funny thing about this. I come down on a shoestring, and I lost it. I hope I win something, ‘cause, buddy, I’m 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: Whippoorwill Lake to me is just ...you know, you got to be there! You got to be there every year.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And it’s great.

MAN 3 O/C: It’s great.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: It’s great, gets better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.

WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just come because I love the people and love the music. And some of the best people I’ve ever met I met right here.

(Back to musicians playing—they finish. The crowd clapping.)

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: It’s a chance to meet a lot of people that you only meet once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over and over from each year to year here.

Playing music is—I don’t know, you have a special interest in it—whether just listening to it, you don’t always have.

[Music] (Two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play Don Reno’s “Talk of the Town” as another man looks on).

I’ll go down to the river and slowly walk around
And if my thoughts . . .

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you play yourself, why, you really like to get with other people that do play.

(song continues)
Oh, after what you’ve done to me,
I know I’ve grown to be
The laughing stock, the talk of the town.

(The Musicians finish.) ONE: How are you, Richard?

THE OTHER: Fine.

THIRD MAN: Oh, man. That’s hard on your feet, ain’t it?

THE OTHER: Right. I tell you. . .

(The camera turns to fiddle players).

[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).

UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Well, it’s part of this country. That’s the way that people live. That’s the only form of recreation they had, square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music. Basically, it’s American music.

UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.

UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, that’s 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 a snatch of “Listening to the Rain” from the Montana band Kane’s River):

Knowing that it must be true--
That’s the thing that’s causing all the pain.
While I’m sitting here wondering where you are. . .

MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. There’s more playing on these grounds in these two days than you’ll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over here’s a great big bunch, over here’s a great big bunch. They ain’t started yet, and when they start drinking they’ll play that much longer. Oh yeah, it’s wonderful. And you have the best…

[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 watching a stage at the edge of the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)

UNIDENTIFIED:    …wahoo! Hey, grandma.

EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I’m a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park. It’s a cemetery.

ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.

[Music] (VERY YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to BOY, singing Levine Irwin and Brown Lawrence Russell’s “Knock Three Times):

Mmm, hmm, Twice on the pipes
Means you ain’t going to show.

AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, from Lorton, Virginia, and I’m in the country music field, part-time entertainer and automobile salesman. I’m known through Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear. And it’s been going real good for me.

ANNOUNCER O/C: This is 139, Judges.”

[Music: (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman onstage with a microphone singing Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me”):

Don’t open the door to heaven
If I can’t come in.
Don’t touch me if you don’t love me…

[Music] (Then a string band; then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4, singing Dallas Frazier’s “Where Is My Castle,” interspersed with shots of members of the audience).

And every time I 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 to dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love that’s meant for me…?

WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you haven’t seen for years, different musicians that you’ve 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 You’re Married, But I Love You Still” by Don Reno and Mack Magaha] (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 still…

Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs that’s ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar, or something like that. Some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, and 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, I’ve heard people laugh and say, “Somebody’s always in jail, or somebody’s just got divorced. Any country song you hear, the guy’s either in jail or he’s got divorced, one or the other, you know?” But it does—so, it’s their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.

[Music: “You Win Again” by Hank Williams, Sr.] (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 provided by Tom Adams in 2010.]

The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' ‘round.
I know that I should leave, but then
I just can't go. You win again.

This heart of mine…

SHIRTLESS MAN: Country music has a meaning. There something behind it. You know, there’s stories behind it. Instead of just a lot of words, there’s meaning. I think the people that write it have a lot of feeling for other people.

[Song continues]

Just trusting you was my great sin.
What can I do? You win again.

I’m sorry for your victim now,
‘Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give you his heart, but all in vain.
And someday say, you win again.

You have no heart. . .

WOMAN WITH A SMALL BOY IN HER LAP: A lot of songs that’s wrote, one person or another, it fits. It fits their life. Just like, you know, like “Fifteen Years Ago Today.” Charlie Pride, he sang that too.

[song continues]

. . .and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain.
I love you still. You win again.


[CREDITS]:

EDITING
LEE STIEG

SOUND
MIMI DAVENPORT
HARVEY GREENSTEIN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN WELT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
TOBY FOOTE
REBECCA DAVENPORT
DAVE THOMAS
SUE THOMAS
AND
THE WARRENTON JAYCEES

PRODUCED BY
TOM DAVENPORT

PEARLSTONE FILM COMPANY
DELAPLANE, VIRGINIA
© 1973

MAN 1 [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybody’s music. That there—that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that they’ve got the big cities, and so they’ve taken the country music uptown. That’s what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit down on the back porch, fight the flies, and play. That’s 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 that’s Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?

[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)

Title:  IT AIN’T CITY MUSIC
          A 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 didn’t have no food. But 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 hearts of people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I sometimes--I just put three years overseas in Morocco and two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey—and some nights I’d come home tired from working, and get thinking about home, and feel a little depressed and homesick, I’d put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I could shut my eyes, and look like I was going all the way 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 Jamerson. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).

(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).

MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I don’t ever win. I just come to play. That’s all.

FILMMAKER: How about you?

MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Yeah, I’m trying to pick up a dollar here and there. (people laughing) I’ll tell you, the funny thing about this. I come down on a shoestring, and I lost it. I hope I win something, ‘cause, buddy, I’m 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: Whippoorwill Lake to me is just ...you know, you got to be there! You got to be there every year.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And it’s great.

MAN 3 O/C: It’s great.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: It’s great, gets better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.

WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just come because I love the people and love the music. And some of the best people I’ve ever met I met right here.

(Back to musicians playing—they finish. The crowd clapping.)

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: It’s a chance to meet a lot of people that you only meet once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over and over from each year to year here.

Playing music is—I don’t know, you have a special interest in it—whether just listening to it, you don’t always have.

[Music] (Two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play Don Reno’s “Talk of the Town” as another man looks on).

I’ll go down to the river and slowly walk around
And if my thoughts . . .

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you play yourself, why, you really like to get with other people that do play.

(song continues)
Oh, after what you’ve done to me,
I know I’ve grown to be
The laughing stock, the talk of the town.

(The Musicians finish.) ONE: How are you, Richard?

THE OTHER: Fine.

THIRD MAN: Oh, man. That’s hard on your feet, ain’t it?

THE OTHER: Right. I tell you. . .

(The camera turns to fiddle players).

[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).

UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Well, it’s part of this country. That’s the way that people live. That’s the only form of recreation they had, square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music. Basically, it’s American music.

UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.

UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, that’s 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 a snatch of “Listening to the Rain” from the Montana band Kane’s River):

Knowing that it must be true--
That’s the thing that’s causing all the pain.
While I’m sitting here wondering where you are. . .

MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. There’s more playing on these grounds in these two days than you’ll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over here’s a great big bunch, over here’s a great big bunch. They ain’t started yet, and when they start drinking they’ll play that much longer. Oh yeah, it’s wonderful. And you have the best…

[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 watching a stage at the edge of the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)

UNIDENTIFIED:    …wahoo! Hey, grandma.

EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I’m a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park. It’s a cemetery.

ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.

[Music] (VERY YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to BOY, singing Levine Irwin and Brown Lawrence Russell’s “Knock Three Times):

Mmm, hmm, Twice on the pipes
Means you ain’t going to show.

AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, from Lorton, Virginia, and I’m in the country music field, part-time entertainer and automobile salesman. I’m known through Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear. And it’s been going real good for me.

ANNOUNCER O/C: This is 139, Judges.”

[Music: (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman onstage with a microphone singing Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me”):

Don’t open the door to heaven
If I can’t come in.
Don’t touch me if you don’t love me…

[Music] (Then a string band; then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4, singing Dallas Frazier’s “Where Is My Castle,” interspersed with shots of members of the audience).

And every time I 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 to dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love that’s meant for me…?

WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you haven’t seen for years, different musicians that you’ve 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 You’re Married, But I Love You Still” by Don Reno and Mack Magaha] (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 still…

Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs that’s ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar, or something like that. Some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, and 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, I’ve heard people laugh and say, “Somebody’s always in jail, or somebody’s just got divorced. Any country song you hear, the guy’s either in jail or he’s got divorced, one or the other, you know?” But it does—so, it’s their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.

[Music: “You Win Again” by Hank Williams, Sr.] (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 provided by Tom Adams in 2010.]

The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' ‘round.
I know that I should leave, but then
I just can't go. You win again.

This heart of mine…

SHIRTLESS MAN: Country music has a meaning. There something behind it. You know, there’s stories behind it. Instead of just a lot of words, there’s meaning. I think the people that write it have a lot of feeling for other people.

[Song continues]

Just trusting you was my great sin.
What can I do? You win again.

I’m sorry for your victim now,
‘Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give you his heart, but all in vain.
And someday say, you win again.

You have no heart. . .

WOMAN WITH A SMALL BOY IN HER LAP: A lot of songs that’s wrote, one person or another, it fits. It fits their life. Just like, you know, like “Fifteen Years Ago Today.” Charlie Pride, he sang that too.

[song continues]

. . .and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain.
I love you still. You win again.


[CREDITS]:

EDITING
LEE STIEG

SOUND
MIMI DAVENPORT
HARVEY GREENSTEIN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN WELT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
TOBY FOOTE
REBECCA DAVENPORT
DAVE THOMAS
SUE THOMAS
AND
THE WARRENTON JAYCEES

PRODUCED BY
TOM DAVENPORT

PEARLSTONE FILM COMPANY
DELAPLANE, VIRGINIA
© 1973

MAN 1 [standing in front of a pickup-truck]: Country Music is everybody’s music. That there—that comes from the country. Now, well, it used to all about be country. Now that they’ve got the big cities, and so they’ve taken the country music uptown. That’s what I say going back to the field, getting off, and go to get your guitar up, sit down on the back porch, fight the flies, and play. That’s 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 that’s Country Music. Why would you want to call it city music?

[Music] (People climbing out of the back of a Ford Pickup)

Title:  IT AIN’T CITY MUSIC
          A 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 didn’t have no food. But 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 hearts of people. I know it comes from my heart. And when I sometimes--I just put three years overseas in Morocco and two and a half in Istanbul, Turkey—and some nights I’d come home tired from working, and get thinking about home, and feel a little depressed and homesick, I’d put the old Carter family on and listen to them. And I could shut my eyes, and look like I was going all the way 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 Jamerson. More people coming, lady carrying a folding chair, men carrying a cooler).

(Two musicians, surrounded by onlookers).

MUSICIAN 1 (white shirt, guitar): I don’t ever win. I just come to play. That’s all.

FILMMAKER: How about you?

MUSICIAN 2 (blue shirt, banjo): Yeah, I’m trying to pick up a dollar here and there. (people laughing) I’ll tell you, the funny thing about this. I come down on a shoestring, and I lost it. I hope I win something, ‘cause, buddy, I’m 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: Whippoorwill Lake to me is just ...you know, you got to be there! You got to be there every year.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: And it’s great.

MAN 3 O/C: It’s great.

WOMAN 2 SITTING O/C: It’s great, gets better every year.
(laughs) You are a lost ball in high grass.

WOMAN 2 SITTING V/O: I just come because I love the people and love the music. And some of the best people I’ve ever met I met right here.

(Back to musicians playing—they finish. The crowd clapping.)

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT O/C: It’s a chance to meet a lot of people that you only meet once a year. And you do usually meet friends over and over and over from each year to year here.

Playing music is—I don’t know, you have a special interest in it—whether just listening to it, you don’t always have.

[Music] (Two musicians, both in cowboy hats and white shirts, play Don Reno’s “Talk of the Town” as another man looks on).

I’ll go down to the river and slowly walk around
And if my thoughts . . .

MAN 5 IN PEACH POLO SHIRT: And if you play yourself, why, you really like to get with other people that do play.

(song continues)
Oh, after what you’ve done to me,
I know I’ve grown to be
The laughing stock, the talk of the town.

(The Musicians finish.) ONE: How are you, Richard?

THE OTHER: Fine.

THIRD MAN: Oh, man. That’s hard on your feet, ain’t it?

THE OTHER: Right. I tell you. . .

(The camera turns to fiddle players).

[Music] (Two men playing fiddle).

UNIDENTIFIED V/O: Well, it’s part of this country. That’s the way that people live. That’s the only form of recreation they had, square dances on the weekends. So they all got together and played music. Basically, it’s American music.

UNIDENTIFED 2 O/C: Started in a barn.

UNIDENTIFIED O/C: Started in a barn, that’s 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 a snatch of “Listening to the Rain” from the Montana band Kane’s River):

Knowing that it must be true--
That’s the thing that’s causing all the pain.
While I’m sitting here wondering where you are. . .

MAN 6 BLUE SHIRT: Mister. There’s more playing on these grounds in these two days than you’ll see the rest of your life. Everywhere. Just like here, over here’s a great big bunch, over here’s a great big bunch. They ain’t started yet, and when they start drinking they’ll play that much longer. Oh yeah, it’s wonderful. And you have the best…

[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 watching a stage at the edge of the lake. Announcer rattles on while people clap.)

UNIDENTIFIED:    …wahoo! Hey, grandma.

EVELYN JAMERSON: Hello, my name is Evelyn Jamerson, and I live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I’m a secretary for Fort Hill Memorial Park. It’s a cemetery.

ANNOUNCER V/O: Contestant 121 in the junior division vocal competition.

[Music] (VERY YOUNG BOY sings and strums guitar, cut to PERFORMERS 3 and 4 watching, then back to BOY, singing Levine Irwin and Brown Lawrence Russell’s “Knock Three Times):

Mmm, hmm, Twice on the pipes
Means you ain’t going to show.

AL HOGAN: My name is Al Hogan, from Lorton, Virginia, and I’m in the country music field, part-time entertainer and automobile salesman. I’m known through Lorton area and all over northern Virginia as Mr. Running Bear. And it’s been going real good for me.

ANNOUNCER O/C: This is 139, Judges.”

[Music: (Cut to PERFORMER 2, a woman onstage with a microphone singing Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me”):

Don’t open the door to heaven
If I can’t come in.
Don’t touch me if you don’t love me…

[Music] (Then a string band; then two women PERFORMERS 3 AND 4, singing Dallas Frazier’s “Where Is My Castle,” interspersed with shots of members of the audience).

And every time I 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 to dream?
Where is my sunshine? Where is my valley?
Where is the love that’s meant for me…?

WOMAN 1 IN SUNGLASSES: You can go back over your life, and you can listen to records and you remember people that you haven’t seen for years, different musicians that you’ve 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 You’re Married, But I Love You Still” by Don Reno and Mack Magaha] (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 still…

Man 7 IN STRIPED SHIRT: Some of your best songs that’s ever been written by anybody have been wrote in a beer joint, or bar, or something like that. Some of the best ones. I know one guy in particular who writes from out of Nashville, and 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, I’ve heard people laugh and say, “Somebody’s always in jail, or somebody’s just got divorced. Any country song you hear, the guy’s either in jail or he’s got divorced, one or the other, you know?” But it does—so, it’s their life, you know, and they wrote songs about it.

[Music: “You Win Again” by Hank Williams, Sr.] (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 provided by Tom Adams in 2010.]

The news is out all over town
That you've been seen out runnin' ‘round.
I know that I should leave, but then
I just can't go. You win again.

This heart of mine…

SHIRTLESS MAN: Country music has a meaning. There something behind it. You know, there’s stories behind it. Instead of just a lot of words, there’s meaning. I think the people that write it have a lot of feeling for other people.

[Song continues]

Just trusting you was my great sin.
What can I do? You win again.

I’m sorry for your victim now,
‘Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give you his heart, but all in vain.
And someday say, you win again.

You have no heart. . .

WOMAN WITH A SMALL BOY IN HER LAP: A lot of songs that’s wrote, one person or another, it fits. It fits their life. Just like, you know, like “Fifteen Years Ago Today.” Charlie Pride, he sang that too.

[song continues]

. . .and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain.
I love you still. You win again.


[CREDITS]:

EDITING
LEE STIEG

SOUND
MIMI DAVENPORT
HARVEY GREENSTEIN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN WELT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
TOBY FOOTE
REBECCA DAVENPORT
DAVE THOMAS
SUE THOMAS
AND
THE WARRENTON JAYCEES

PRODUCED BY
TOM DAVENPORT

PEARLSTONE FILM COMPANY
DELAPLANE, VIRGINIA
© 1973