Ryan Holladay, Discover Bluegrass and Mashville Brigade

We heard this week from Phil Bankester, pére of the singing Bankester Family of Illinois, and a video producer with Genuine Human Productions in Nashville. Phil was at The Station Inn on Tuesday for the weekly Mashville Brigade show to shoot some new footage for the IBMA’s Discover Bluegrass DVD, set for a reworking and re-release later this year.

Specifically, Phil wanted some footage of Ryan Holladay for the updated DVD, which is aimed at school children, and used in conjunction with the IBMA Bluegrass In The Schools curriculum.

“Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay were the original hostess and host when they were eleven or so years old. We’re currently in production of the Bluegrass Music Today chapter and will be using a couple of new youngsters. But we want to give an update on Sierra and Ryan in the new piece as well.

The original production is six years old, and a lot has changed. We’re using a lot of new performance footage, new interviews with different artists, and a new hostess and host. We’re removing a lot of material that is not current and replacing it with new material.”

Phil shot most of the new Discover Bluegrass footage during the 2009 IBMA week festivities, including interviews with Jamie Johnson, Kristin Scott Benson, Becky Buller, Barry Abernathy, Sierra Hull, Ryan Holladay, and some of the young people that were participating in the Kids on Bluegrass program.

Josh Williams was also on hand for the Tuesday Station Inn show and Phil was happy that he was able to make it.

“Josh drove in to play as well last night. He was in the original Discover Bluegrass DVD as a much younger guy. Many thanks to the Mashville Brigade and the Station Inn for accommodating the video shoot.”

Bankester’s production company has created videos for Shawn Camp, Verlon Thompson, and Mary Gauthier, in addition to the debut video from The Bankester Family, Carolina Rain. They’ve also filmed and edited several Medallion Ceremonies and Artist in Residence concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Here are a couple more photos from the Tuesday night shoot.

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