Formlessness Into Form part 1 now available

The first part of Formlessness Into FormChris Henry’s film on the creative process in the bluegrass world which we previewed last week, is now available online.

It’s an interesting, if a bit offbeat documentary investigation, consisting almost entirely of interviews with bluegrass personalities discussing the questions at hand: where does the creative urge come from, how does it manifest itself, and how can it be tamed and put to use?

Henry chose not to identify the talking heads until the end of this first 90 minute video, so an intimate knowledge of the Nashville bluegrass/Americana scene would come in handy. Even absent familiarity with the entire cast of characters, their comments about inspiration and the craft of songwriting offer a fascinating glimpse into a process few fans ever see.

With many hours of footage already recorded, and more interviews to come, Chris expects this project to run to 4 parts.

Watch part 1 below, or on YouTube.


In addition to being a budding filmmaker, Henry is a Nashville-based bluegrass musician (mandolin/guitar). He has been involved in the music since a very young age, being born into a bluegrass family. His parents are Red and Murphy Henry, proprietors of The Murphy Method of instructional materials for students of bluegrass.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.