Review: Fiddlin’ (2019)

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Theatrical Release: August 27, 2019
VOD Release: November 19, 2019

Run Time: 1 hour & 32 minutes

Reviewed By: Adam

Fiddlin’ is the brainchild of Julie Simone (director) and Vicki Vlasic (producer), who were given permission to film for the first time at the world’s oldest and largest fiddler’s convention in Galax, Virginia in its 84-year history after Moose Lodge members discovered the sisters were locals who recall the convention from their youth. Their local connection earned them the trust of the talented musicians who opened their hearts and shared their stories.

The film features inspiring musical characters including Jack Krack, who is considered one of the best fiddle players in the world, Wayne Henderson, a world-renowned luthier and guitar player known as the “Guitar God” with a 7-year backlog of orders for his guitars, Dori Freeman, a singer-songwriter who has been singled out by Rolling Stone and The New York Times as a talent to watch, Presley Barker, a humble 11-year-old guitar playing prodigy and rising star, and Martha Spencer, part of a multi-generational musical family that is famous throughout the region.”

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Sit back and enjoy this hour and a half of bluegrass. I’m a huge country fan so it was interesting to see and learn about the music that spawned my favorite genre. On top of that, it was amazing to see how young most of the people they chose to follow around were. Truly eye opening to see how professional and musically in tune these youngin’s were. Each one of them a prodigy.

As informative and interesting as this documentary was, I could’ve honestly just listened to the music all day. I found myself losing focus during a few of the interviews, but was pulled right back into the thick of things once the music started again.

They brought out some heavy hitters for this one. I’m sure you will be hearing names like Presley Barker, Kitty Amaral, and Jake Krack very soon, if you haven’t already. Not to mention, Wayne Henderson, who is already a household name in the music business. He makes some mean guitars! It would be unreal to get your hands on one… you’ll just have to wait at least seven years.

All-in-all I thoroughly enjoyed Fiddlin’. Add it to my list, as 2019 continues to be my year of the documentary. If you are bluegrass fan or a music fan at all, Fiddlin’ is definitely worth the watch.

NOTE: Do not watch if you want to avoid adding bluegrass channels to your Spotify shorty after the documentary ends. I’m speaking from personal experience here… you’ve been warned!

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Reel ROB Rating: 6.25 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: No (during credits)

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