By CALEB WILKIE
Netflix has an abundance of absurd movies, foreign films and late night comedies, but this week’s suggestions are for the music lovers.
My first suggestion is the multi-award winning documentary, “Austin to Boston.”
This film is tells the story of four bands (Nathaniel Rateliff, Bears Den, Ben Howard and The Staves) that travel from South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas to Boston, using a fairly odd route. They play in a variety of venues that range from bars, barns, rooftops and everything in between.
Throughout the film, the audience learns about each individual group or songwriter and sees a side many fans never see. The music in the film provides the perfect backing tracks for the documentary, and the bands on tour perform each song. Singer/songwriter Gill Landry, from Old Crow Medicine Show, narrates the film.
It is directed by James Marcus Haney and produced by Ben Howard, from Mumford and Sons, and Ty Johnson.
My next film suggestion is for fans of the band The Grateful Dead. It is entitled “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir.” The documentary is about the life of Bob Weir, lead singer of the Grateful Dead, his friendship with Jerry Garcia and how their careers started.
This documentary gives fans more of an insight into life on tour and how the struggle with drugs shaped the Grateful Dead.
The documentary is directed by Mike Fleiss and features interviews with the surviving members of the band.
My last suggestion is “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined ad Generation.”
This film is about the Greenwich Village music scene that took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the beginning of the Folk movement.
It was directed by Laura Archibald and features interviews with Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson and Pete Seeger.
The film gives the audience a glimpse into the life of a singer/songwriter and the heart of folk music. It features music from Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and many other popular folk singers.