Gaylord walks country mile with Imax

Cast includes Dixie Chicks, Gill, Jackson, Yoakam

Gaylord Entertainment has started production on a yet-to-be-titled Imax movie tracing the roots of country music for release next year.

Cast includes Asleep at the Wheel, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Riders in the Sky, LeAnn Rimes, Earl Scruggs, Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam.

“Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the Grand Ole Opry and the treasured country music catalog of Acuff-Rose Music Publishing, is in a singular position to produce this film,” said company prexy Dennis Sullivan.

The storyline will follow a young Irish boy who travels through time to view the development of country music. Shooting has included a Dixie Chicks concert in Detroit, a Martina McBride concert in Nashville and various artists interpreting Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

Additional shooting is planned for New York City; Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn.; Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch in California; a North Carolina church; and Gruene Hall in Texas. In addition to country, styles of music will include bluegrass, mountain, gospel, honky-tonk, cowboy and Western swing.

Claire Bisceglia is exec producing with Steven Goldman directing and Randy Scruggs serving as music producer. Bisceglia said the film should have substantial international appeal.

Imax, which will distribute, is producing a rock concert film, “All Access,” for release next year.

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