The First Time America Heard Itself

An AMERICAN EPIC documentary series music collection, soundtrack and sessions film recording is in the works.

In THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS documentary directed by Bernard MacMahon, the creators reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today’s greatest artists.

In the film, artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. Musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle”.

AMERICAN EPIC: The Sessions is the accompanying soundtrack to the feature film and is available now. It features: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Watch the trailer:

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