American Epic comes to Foxtel Arts

Next month Foztel Arts airs the must-see American Epic documentary over four weeks.

American Epic represents a ten-year odyssey undertaken by director Bernard MacMahon and producers Allison McGourty and Duke Erikson, and audio engineer Nicholas Bergh that involved tracking down countless long forgotten musicians, restoring the music that they recorded and reassembling the technology that created it. Along the way they brought some of the most important figures in contemporary culture to help them on their quest. Executive Producers Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford have lent their support to what Redford calls “America’s greatest untold story”.

For the fourth and final episode,American Epic Sessions, the team has reassembled the 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, including Elton John, Nas, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Alabama Shakes. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to record on the machine that brought the world into the modern era. All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.