STORIES FROM THE ROAD AND HISTORIC SALOONS,
BACKSTAGE AT CLUBS AND BARS WITH
THE STARS TALKING ABOUT THE MUSIC, HISTORY AND
INFLUENCES, AND THE ROADS THAT
THEY TRAVEL AS TROUBADOURS. AS WE CHAT WITH
STARS NEW AND OLD, THE MAIN TRACK
WILL BE THE HISTORY AND INFLUENCES, HIGHWAYS AND
LIFE ON THE ROAD...
Les Paul, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, , Joe
Ely, Leon Russell, , Marty Stuart, Sonny Curtis, Kris Kristofferson Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Buck Page & Norm Stephens,
Jackson Browne. See the road life from
a Merle Haggard
& Bob Dylan tour, with trucks, tour busses,
backstage and stories from the roadies...music history, and
as our Pioneer Troubadours go "on the road again."
The Pioneer Troubadours Series is a real as it gets...beyond the stage and backstage...we
take you on the
bus, on the road,
to the sound check, load in and load outs...truck stops, and hotels
where we talk to the stars,
band members and roadies. Again, the
central topics of the interviews are road stories and music
Each week we'll take the audience "on the
road again" with a different troubadours from now to past decades...
the story line is about
the road and music history. We'll ask them about who they were
influenced by, with
questions that lead to the past and their
pioneer troubadours and how they influenced their music and
will be a great story line for the series
itself and tell THE
MUSICAL HISTORY TRAIL THEY BLAZED.
For anyone in the music business the road is the
reality, sound checks
are reality, hotel rooms and truck stops are reality.
Hanging out on the
tour bus for hours upon hours is the
reality...airports and concert halls, backstage rooms and back on
the bus is
reality, saloons, bars honky-tonks and amphitheaters...
Willie Nelson said once..."I went home
to my bus." Clint Black has a sign in his bus and says,
"Home Sweet Bus."
Rodney Crowell asks Johnny Cash once,
"What do you do to get really
famous?" Cash said, "Go to the airport 290
times a year."
The concert business is a very key element to the music business overall. Not
only is it a place where really
most of the acts make their
money, but the concert tours are what actually boost the music sales for a certain
artist or record
label. The artist CD sales go up during the days of pre concert hype, and the days shortly after
Now, we also have the fact that many artist are having to go out on the road to make money, in that
the Internet has caused many of the big music labels to shut down their A & R departments, labels are
merging and the sales of music CDs are at a all time low, while the concert and club gigs grow.
We will show the viewer the
experience of the plans that it takes to build a tour from the time the artist
with the producers to design the
feel, the stage, the lighting and sound and other elements of the show.
These huge stages are built by
companies then packed in several 18-wheeler trucks to move the stage
lighting, sound and
equipment from city to city.
During and around sound check we will
set and talk with different folks that are part of the show from
roadies, truck and bus drivers, the
entertainers themselves, and some of the support crew like guitar
and drum techs, caterers, promoters
and the swag sales guys. ON THE ROAD will show some of the
logistics of getting the acts from
the hall to the hotel rooms and then back to the venue again. We
will record and show the pre show
excitement as the people begin to file into the concert halls and
then the excitement of the band and
crew before the show.
I got a big bus with a TV and a bar
And a little room in the back for me and my ole guitar
Gotta stop and fuel up every five hundred miles
Give a picture to the waitress eat a little breakfast country style
That's my life and I love it...
We get home to Nashville on a Monday night
Record songs on Tuesday and on Wednesday take out the wife
But then on Thursday night it's back on the road
I don't care if it's Montana or down in Louisiana just as long as I go
That's my life and I love it... Hank Williams, Jr.