June 23, 2017

Friday Night Jamboree

In 2002 and 2003, Amy and I worked on a documentary about Floyd’s famous Friday Night Jamboree. We were still living in Arlington and started filming on Labor Day weekend, 2002. Unfortunately, it rained that Friday night and we couldn’t get any outdoor shots. And it rained on the the four Friday nights afterwards that we returned to Floyd to shoot.

Finally, on Labor Day weekend, 2003, we managed to be in Floyd on the same Friday night as clear skies and we completed filming with shots of the crowds and musicians outside. We completed editing in October of that year.

Now, we need to update that documentary as then-owner Mike Brough, a Raleigh lawyer, sold the Country Store earlier this year to local businessman Woody Crenshaw. We will shoot new interviews with Woody shortly and update the story of the Friday Night Jamboree. In the meantime, here’s the current version of the documentary. One note: This is a 25-minute documentary, edited to fit into a 30-minute cable time-slot with commercials. Even with compression, it is a 105 megabyte file and, on a streaming video server, needs about 60 seconds to load and start playing and may stop from time to time to refresh, depending on the speed of your connection.

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