With the great anticipation of the new Ken Burns Country Music documentary series, Senior Producer Amy Cooper and I started brainstorming ideas for a Georgia-focused companion series. Our goal was to showcase the rich musical history and some of the incredible country music artists in our great state. Our plan took shape and was instantly well received. We would identify eight different (very different) country music singers, acts, and/or bands and create short profiles for each. Our production plan included traveling to them, conducting an interview, and then filming an intimate performance.
As we spoke to each act, and scheduled our visit, we reiterated to them that this was THEIR profile. They were asked to pick a location where they felt comfortable and that illustrated a “country music” feel. Farms, barns, churches, fields, and front porches were all good choices. We also asked for them to perform a cover song from a country artist who had influenced them as well as one of their original songs. In some cases, we filmed a larger stage performance (festival, bar show, etc.) or re-purposed some great existing video.