AMERICAN FOLK SOUNDTRACK OUT TODAY

FEATURING JOE PURDY AND AMBER RUBARTH

SELECT TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

“TIMELESS.” —VARIETY

“QUIETLY AFFECTING…THE FILM MERITS ATTENTION.” —HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“ENCHANTING”ROLLING STONE

“THINK ONCE ON A ROAD TRIP.” —AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

“SHOWS US THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT THEIR BEST.” —SBCC FILM

The soundtrack of the acclaimed indie film American Folk—which stars musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth—is out today (purchase now via Thirty Tigers). The release of the soundtrack coincides with the film’s theatrical release via Good Deed Entertainment (order HERE). Watch the official trailer HERE.

In addition to both classic folk song renditions by Purdy and Rubarth and original compositions, the soundtrack includes John Prine’s “Some Humans Ain’t Human” and Jerry Garcia & David Grisman’s “Freight Train.” See below for complete track listing. Already receiving critical attention, Rolling Stone calls the soundtrack “enchanting” and praises, “…beautifully recalls several of the duets that John Prine has sung so effectively with frequent partner Iris DeMent, yet it offers the added bonus of discovering two wondrous new voices steeped in the folk tradition,” while Billboard asserts, “It evokes the folk and troubadour tradition” and Folk Alley proclaims, “[Purdy] evokes the emotion and fragility that make him a great songwriter. Rubarth has an impressive ability to channel the American folk tradition…In the end, you are left with wanting to hear more…”

In celebration of the soundtrack release and film opening, Purdy and Rubarth will embark on a select series of performances including shows in L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, D.C., Boston, New York and Derry, NH. See below for details.

Variety calls the film, “Understatedly moving, with lots of good music, David Heinz’s pleasing indie, starring two real-life singer-songwriters, merits the critical leg-up it will need to gain a commercial foothold beyond the festival circuit,” while the Hollywood Reporter states, “quietly affecting…the film merits attention.” Additionally, the movie won “Best American Independent Film Feature” at the Cleveland International Film Festival, a Special Jury Commendation for “Best Music” at the Port Townsend Film Festival, a Youth Jury Award for “Best Feature” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and received nominations at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Heartland Film Festival, the Jackson Crossroads Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Napa Valley Film Festival and the Southside Film Festival among others.

Written and directed by David Heinz, the film stars Purdy and Rubarth along with guest stars Krisha Fairchild (Krisha) and David Fine (The Pursuit of Happyness). Filmed over 3500 miles in 14 states, the movie follows Elliott (Purdy) and Joni (Rubarth) —two strangers, both folk musicians—whose fates become intertwined after their plane is grounded in Los Angeles following the September 11th attacks. Both desperately needing to get back to New York, they embark on a cross-country journey in a 1972 Chevy Van. Along the way, the duo finds solace in their mutual love of classic folk songs, and raising their voices with everyday people they meet on the road. They re-discover the healing nature of music and bear witness to a nation of people who lift each other up in the wake of tragedy.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman 615.320.7753, Nick Mallchok or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

AMERICAN FOLK TRACK LIST
1. This Old Guitar (performed/written by Joe Purdy)
2. Some Humans Ain’t Human (performed/written by John Prine)
3. Joni, Elliot (Dialogue)
4. Red River Valley (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, traditional)
5. Black Jack Davey (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by A.P. Carter)
6. Pretty Saro (Instrumental) (performed by Joe Purdy, traditional)
7. Someone Singing With Me (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by Joe Purdy)
8. Oh! Susanna (Instrumental) (performed by Joe Purdy, written by Stephen Collins Foster)
9. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (performed by Amber Rubarth, written by Wallace Willis)
10. Freight Train (performed by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, written by Elizabeth Cotten)
11. Play (Dialogue)
12. New York (performed/written by Amber Rubarth)
13. Hello Stranger (performed by Amber Rubarth & Joe Purdy, written by A.P. Carter)
14. Moonlight (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by Blaze Foley)
15. Oh Shenandoah (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, traditional)
16. Lonesome Valley (Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth)
17. Of Course (Dialogue)
18. This Old Guitar (full version) (performed by Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, written by Joe Purdy)
19. Townes (performed by Amber Rubarth & Joe Purdy, written by Amber Rubarth)

AMERICAN FOLK CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

January 26 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Hotel Café
January 27 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
January 28 /// Seattle, WA /// Triple Door
January 30 /// Washington D.C. /// The Hamilton
January 31 /// Philadelphia, PA /// World Cafe Live
February 1 /// Boston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
February 2 /// New York, NY /// City Winery
February 3 /// Derry, NH /// Tupelo Music Hall
February 4-11 /// New Orleans, LA /// Cayamo (11th Edition)
February 15 /// Kansas City, MO /// Folk Alliance 2018
February 16 /// Kansas City, MO /// Folk Alliance 2018

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