If we’re being honest, there just aren’t enough documentaries out there about country music, but there are a few that are definitely worth watching.
6. ”I’ll Be Me”
“I’ll Be Me” is the story of Glen Campbell’s heartbreaking last 151 shows across America, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of retreating he went public and said goodbye.
5. “Shut Up and Sing”
By now you know what happened to the Dixie Chicks, but do you really know their side of the story? “Shut Up and Sing” presents the Chicks’ side of what happened to them on stage, off stage and in meeting rooms after their anti-war comment.
4. ”Wish Me Away”
Chely Wright was the first successful country music singer to come out as gay. “Wish Me Away” is her journey.
3. “Down From the Mountain”
“Down From the Mountain” is all about the music from the critically-acclaimed “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” film and features performances from many of the same individuals who recorded for the film soundtrack. It’s bluegrass heaven.
2. ”Heartworn Highways”
“Heartworn Highways” was filmed in 1976 and documents the outlaw songwriter scene that extended from Austin to Nashville. The documentary features musicians Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and John Hiatt, plus their musical mentors Guy Clark and Townes van Zandt.
1. “Dirty Country”
Larry Pierce is the featured artist in “Dirty Country” and here’s all you need to know– since 1993, after being forced into retirement at his factory job, Pierce has produces dozens of raunchy country music albums. This is the story of one ordinary man, with an unordinary gift for something most people wouldn’t call a gift.