Video: Red Bull Roots mini-documentary captures spirit of the red dirt music scene in Stillwater
Last month, a few dozen red dirt songwriter/performers converged in Stillwater for the filming of a mini-documentary about red dirt music, the uniquely Oklahoma genre that mixes rock, country, folk and more. The reunion, dubbed the Red Bull Gypsy Cafe, started out one evening at The Farm, the old homestead on the outskirts of town that is recognized as the birthplace of red dirt.
The day after the private story-swapping and jam session, the musicians played as duos at a public music festival at four Stillwater venues, where more filming took place.
Featuring founders, mainstays and newcomers to the red dirt scene, the nearly 4-minute final video recently was posted online at www.redbullusa.com.
Red dirt is the first genre chronicled for a new online docu-series called Red Bull Roots. The series will travel to various parts of the country exploring the origins of different genres of regional music, with mini-documentaries for each one eventually being collected on a dedicated website.
I was privileged to be invited to attend the reunion down on The Farm and watch the filming; to read my story, click here.
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