September 5, 6:30 PM
Free to the Public
Join DOCUTAH at Town Square for a free screening of this delightful film, which will have you tapping your feet and clapping your hands. Enjoy a long late Summer evening in Town Square with friends and family.
FAR WESTERN – is a feature documentary film that tells the phenomenal story of the transplant of American country music to post-World War II Japan. Nearly 70 years later, for a devoted group the music has become a lifelong obsession. Part music history and part character portrait, Far Western is told through the lives of musicians, fans, and live-music venue owners. Set both in modern Japan and the American South, the film explores the uncanny ability of a simple form of music to cross geographic and language barriers, forming a strange cultural bridge between the two countries. Now, these Japanese musicians have made their own pilgrimages back to America, to the birthplace of the music, playing in honky-tonks and festivals in America.
Before the screening two exceptional local entertainers play for the audience and are joined by Yoshi Sakamoto, from the Japanese band, The Blues Side of Lonesome, who is featured in the film.
Eric Dodge – Dodge’s albums are making waves in the country music world! His album Why Not Today became a huge international success and has sold all over the world in over 15 countries and even topped the Amazon.com best selling albums list. He’s also shared the stage with many of country music’s biggest names, including, Clint Black, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, SheDaisy, Julianne Hough, John Michael Montgomery, Justin Moore, Collin Raye, Chris Ledoux, Diamond Rio, Terri Clark, Travis Tritt, and Carrie Underwood!
Sam Payne storyteller, writer, singer/songwriter, radio personality, and arts educator. Sam’s audiences remain loyal friends, and find in his stories and songs resonant images that give faces and names to their deepest feelings about family, faith, and notions of home.
Take a break listen to great music and have a snack as we wait for night to fall for the screening of FAR WESTERN. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs suggested.