Billy Bragg & Wilco
Man in the Sand is a 1999 music documentary that chronicles the collaboration between Billy Bragg and Wilco and features the rediscovered songs of Woody Guthrie Grammy nominated Mermaid Avenue albums. The film involved the musicians creating new music to accompany lyrics that were written decades earlier by folk singer Woody Guthrie. The project, was organized by Woody’s daughter Nora.
The film begins with Bragg in Guthrie’s original hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, and follows along as Bragg travels to other Guthrie haunts in Texas, California, and finally, New York. Much of the documentary is also spent at the recording sessions in Chicago (December 1997) and Dublin, Ireland (January 1998). Most of the tracks from both albums were recorded at these sessions. 90 mins.