by Dave Sharp on Jun 04th, 2012
The relationship between music and media is long-standing and mutually dependent. Media perpetuates pop and indie music alike and music is the perfect artistic fodder for media of all types and reputations. Usually, this includes cable TV, radio, magazines, blogs and placement in prime time TV or movies, but with the rise of multi-media music festivals and viral video on social media, the documentary medium has become more prevalent and accessible across the nation. What’s more is that documentaries pay the higherest honor to an artist by hghtlighting their visual and audible art while presenting their personalities, character and voice.
We all know Nashville’s underground music scene has no shortage of unique art, personalities and voices, so its only fitting that someone stepped up and document it on film. Enter Houston Mathews and Music City Underground. Since he first stepped on Nashville soil and caught a show, he’s been collecting live footage and last year started grabbing interviews on video and recorded 11 artists (Andrew Combs, The Apache Relay, Natalie Prass, Evan P. Donohue, Jessica Breanne & The Electric Hearts, Matt Campbell, Colorfeels, Gabe Vitek, Sons of Lions, Sharone Digitale, The Westbound Rangers) in one day at a local recording studio to compile a hybrid in-depth doc and live music video. Watch the trailer below.
Get to know Houston, learn about his Nashville adventure so far, the making of the film and so much more in this Records and Ramen interview.
P.P.S. Catch a live performance of Houston’s band Mother Honey at the bottom; he’s on drums. As a native Phoenician, I’m obliged to point out the Phoenix Suns jersey that flashes on wall, undoubtedly a product of his band mate who’s also from Phoenix.