Free screenings of local songwriters’ documentary Feb. 24 at ‘Bama “Stories in Rhyme – The Songwriters of the Flora-Bama Lounge”
The public is invited to enjoy free screenings of “Stories in Rhyme – The Songwriters of the Flora-Bama Lounge” in the main room at the Flora-Bama on Monday, February 24 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The documentary is about the little known as well as the legendary singer/songwriters who have made the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival the longest running songwriters festival in the country. It explores the characters, songs, art form, and inspiration of the colorful storytellers behind the music played in the honky-tonk for more than 40 years. From historic footage, the documentary includes late-greats like Hank Cochran, Mickey Newbury, and Larry Butler performing telling stories and paying homage to the man who befriended and nurtured them, Joe Gilchrist, the founder of the FBISF and coowner of the Flora-Bama. The documentary is produced by Lynn Rabren. Gilchrist is the executive producer. Rabren, a Fairhope resident, Alabama native and Auburn grad, has traveled the world throughout his 40 year career as a cameraman, producer, and director, working for lauded clients such as 60 Minutes, PBS, and Neil Young. His videography accolades include two Emmys. His most recent projects have included an award-winning documentary feature, America’s Amazon, which aired on PBS, as well as A Redfish Tale, Fishslap, and A Gulf in Understanding: Dan Rather Reports. The FBISF project has allowed Rabren to explore another one of his loves – music.