Last of the Breed: The Dave Evans Story

dave evansWe heard yesterday from Red Line Studios, the folks creating the upcoming Dave Evans documentary film, Last of the Breed: The Dave Evans Story.

Work on the film is well underway, which will cover Dave’s rough and tumble life from childhood up through the present day. The film has been incorporated as a not-for-profit enterprise, and producer Matt Pellowski is consulting with Raymond McLain of Morehead State’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and Jesse Wells from MSU’s Kentucky Folk Art Center. Art Menius, formerly with Common Ground on the Hill and Merlefest, is also advising them.

Pellowski says that while Evans’ story is compelling on its own, it also serves as an exemplar for the artists who kept bluegrass alive during its darker days.

”Those who knew Dave Evans know the film is important, and so they instantly provide all of their energy and enthusiasm; they recognize why it’s very important to tell his story. [Dave Evan’s generation] is a socially important generation that basically provided the backbone and substance of 2nd generation Bluegrass.

He’s a man who plays by his own rules and always does what’s in his heart; which are the sort of merits that helped bluegrass first become popular. So when his generation passes away, that really will be the last of the breed, in a sense, because that entire way of living will have gone extinct.”

Sound like an interesting project? Well here’s where you come in. Red Line Studios is seeking to raise the necessary funds to complete the film through direct donations. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, donations are tax deductible.

They are hoping to raise a total of $30,000 for fixed costs over and above the professional services being donated by the film crew. As is common for fundraising ventures of this sort, premium gifts are being offered with the raying donation levels, from a Dave Evans CD for a $25 donation all the way up to being named an Executive Producer for gifts of $2500 or more.

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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.