Fall-ternative: Western Films | Fall Guide | Indy Week
Pin It

Fall-ternative: Western Films 

If you're wondering where country, alt-country and faux-country artists--Madonna con cowboy hat, anyone?--got their attitudes and imagery (the ties, the boots, the rugged individualism), you can to a large extent thank Hollywood. After all, it was Western movies and serials that introduced much of America to the romantic notion of riding the range, camping out under the stars, and telling them doggies to get along. The singing cowboys of the 1940s and beyond played a significant role in popularizing the guitar and guitar music played by average Joes and collected and published by music scholars like John Lomax. Depending on your age and where you grew up, you might remember seeing Gene Autry, Roy Rogers or Tom Mix in theaters as well as in reruns on Saturday morning television. But while it's not as easy to find them today, the films are part of a cowboy subculture that continues to thrive in areas of North Carolina like Asheville, Charlotte and Siler City.

Milo Holt's Old Time Western Film Club, now in its 31st year, continues its tradition of presenting daylong festivals that feature everything from 16mm cowboy movies and Western music to staged "gunfights" for the kids. There's also Western memorabilia for sale including cowboy books, videotapes, pictures and posters. And if you're lucky, the good ladies from Piney Grove Methodist Church will provide food again.

Filmwise, you might witness the likes of Rocky Lane in Renegades of Sonora, or Charles Starrett and Russell Hayden in West of Tombstone, along with a Foghorn-Leghorn cartoon. And there are prizes--which, as any cowboy knows, can make you sit a little taller in the saddle. Holt, a joke-cracking and harmonica-playing regular in the house band at Charlie's Barn in Pittsboro, is now in his 80s. "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be," he says. And he promises to keep his Old Time Western Film Club going as long as the Lord allows. Catch the latest festival Oct. 27, starting at 10 a.m. at Charlie's Barn, Route 64, six miles west of Pittsboro (turn right on Buckner Clark Road, left on Hillside Music Road).

Latest in Fall Guide

More by David Potorti

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Fall Guide

  • Fall for You: Our 2017 Fall Arts Guide

    Fall for You: Our 2017 Fall Arts Guide

    Ninety-seven. That's the number of events we've highlighted to make sure you have no excuse for FOMO this fall.
    • Sep 13, 2017
  • Leaves of 'Grass

    Leaves of 'Grass

    The International Bluegrass Music Association trade conference and music festival has plenty for ordinary fans to enjoy as well.
    • Sep 13, 2017
  • Monk Matters

    Monk Matters

    For eleven days this October, Duke Performances celebrates Monk's hundredth birthday with a massively ambitious festival titled Monk@100: A Celebration of Genius.
    • Sep 13, 2017
  • More »


Twitter Activity

Comments

Ack! And one more thing:

The Durham Literacy Center will host a special event with #1 New York Times …

by Sam M-B on Fall into Books (Fall Guide)

A great selection of the literary highlights! Here's a couple handfuls more, from the speculative fiction neighborhood:

September 19 …

by Sam M-B on Fall into Books (Fall Guide)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Most Recent Comments

Ack! And one more thing:

The Durham Literacy Center will host a special event with #1 New York Times …

by Sam M-B on Fall into Books (Fall Guide)

A great selection of the literary highlights! Here's a couple handfuls more, from the speculative fiction neighborhood:

September 19 …

by Sam M-B on Fall into Books (Fall Guide)

Hi, All,
Alexis Pauline Gumb's reading of SPILL at The Regulator Bookshop has been rescheduled for Nov. 1 at 7PM. …

by amys on New Yorker Staffer Lauren Collins’s Linguistic Love Story in When in French (Fall Guide)

What about the 'trashion' show Rubbish2Runway at Frank Art Gallery in Chapel Hill????

by Cheryl Hill on Our guide to local arts and culture this autumn (Fall Guide)

Let's juxtapose this quote:

'A liberal is somebody who can understand anybody but the ones who can't understand the …

by MST on Hillsborough novelist Allan Gurganus on Moral Mondays and Local Souls, his first book in more than a decade (Fall Guide)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation