A Documentary on G.B. Grayson

A Film By Kelley St. Germain

A Documentary on G.B. Grayson

Short Life of Trouble: The Legend of G.B. Grayson
Director: Kelley St. Germain

From Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee, Gilliam Banmon Grayson (1887-1930) may be one of the most covered musicians in the history of bluegrass and country music. Despite his music having been recorded and performed by world-famous musicians including Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Doc Watson and the Kingston Trio, very few people have ever heard his name or had an understanding of his profound influence upon modern music.

In this film, we explore how a blind fiddler from the Appalachian hills of East Tennessee became one of the most influential musicians of all time, with a legacy that still echoes all across the world even today.

Grayson’s most famous songs include: Tom Dooley, Train 45, Handsome Molly, Short Life of Trouble, Going down the Lee Highway, Omie Wise, Rose Conley, Banks of the Ohio, and Little Maggie.

Interviews include: Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show), Ralph Stanley II, Kody Norris (The Kody Norris Show), Josh Beckworth (Author of Always Been a Rambler), several of G.B. Grayson’s Grandchildren, and many more.

This film is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, The Johnson County Center for the Arts, Germain Media, Appalachian Memory Keepers, and private donors.

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