In the 1920’s when America was war ridden and weary from depression
and change Chicago was a bustling city and an epicenter for
country music at one of it earliest roots.
America was facing major industrialization and the cultural upheaval
of the blues before it even HEARD the name Hank Williams.
The Hayloft Gang is the documentary of the “National Barn Dance”
which was a radio program in the 1930s and 1940’s that launched
the tenure of Gene Autry and singing cowboys and one of Country Music’s
greatest females..Patsy Montana.
It also brought out one of Country Music’s finest performers of his time
Rural farm America couldn’t come to grips with all this change
and this program precluded the Opry.
The heartland immediately grabbed onto this show.
The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, a one-hour
documentary, weaves rare performance footage, home movies,
and candid photographs with firsthand accounts from fans and performers.
Interviews with historians, folklorists, and media experts reveal
historical and cultural perspectives of this unique period in America’s
history.For rural citizens unsure of the future or homesick transplants
confronting the city, the National Barn Dance served as a touchstone,
from its first broadcast in 1924 to its last in 1960. Reaching a national audience,
the radio program served as a marketing pioneer, making millions for network
sponsors like Alka Seltzer.
This film will help us understand the significance of it’s impact
on American culture and music as a whole.