Lawrenceville, GA (PRWEB) August 22, 2005
Penny Jar Records in association with Big River Pictures is pleased to announce the world-wide radio release of ÂBell Witch: The Movie Soundtrack.Â
The company also announced they have signed with Atlanta-based Hope River Entertainment to handle publicity for the new album. Big River Pictures stated, ÂHope River Entertainment is the perfect music marketing match for our company. They are very familiar with Americana and Bluegrass music and have helped the company in the past by bringing some of the fine artists to the movie. We know they will be an asset to the marketing arm of our companies and we are very excited to have them on board!Â
The movie soundtrack features 19 songs from the upcoming ÂBell Witch: The MovieÂ and includes a mixture of bluegrass, Americana, roots and country songs. The movie makes its red-carpet premiere at the Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, September 24, 2005. This groundbreaking digital cinema event and concert will be broadcast via satellite live in High Definition to theaters throughout the United States. The concert features some of the artists involved in the movie and soundtrack including Jimbo Whaley, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, The Jeanette Williams Band, and The Jeff and Vida Band.
Singer / Songwriter, Jimbo Whaley not only provides music for the film, but also makes his film debut in several scenes. The movie trailer features Jimbo's voice singing his original tune ÂThe Foundation.Â This movie trailer has already won a Telly Award that honors outstanding programs and the finest video and film production.
Other Whaley original songs on the soundtrack include ÂFly,Â ÂThe SentenceÂ and the touching love song ÂThe Dreams We DreamÂ (Bell Witch Love song) written specifically for the movie. "I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful project. I believe that like "O Brother Where Art Thou," Bell Witch: the Movie and the soundtrack have the potential to take bluegrass and Americana music to the masses." Director / Producer Shane Marr brought on Whaley at the beginning of filming. Shane met with Jimbo after hearing some of his music. Jimbo was in the studio one day when the breakup love scene was being cast, when he saw the desperate looks in the actors eyes as they were trying out for the parts of Betsy and Joshua. The words to 'The Dreams We Dream;' came to him, he said, 'Shane I have just written the love song for the movie,' and when Shane heard it, he said, 'Yes you have.Â
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike: When Producer Shane Marr showed Valerie scenes from the movie, he told her he needed a special song for certain scenes. Valerie found the never performed before, old southern traditional song ÂWade in the WaterÂ and performs it specifically for the film. Valerie Smith also provided her originals written just for the movie, ÂOle John BellÂ (co-written with Smith's husband, Kraig Smith and band-mate Becky Buller) and ÂJacob Spence." Becky made outstanding contributions as well with ÂLeave Well Enough AloneÂ (co-written with Lisa Aschmann) and ÂBlind BeggarÂ (performed by the Jeanette Williams Band.) Buller's voice also adds character to the film when she serves as the singing voice of Kate, the Bell Witch.
Johnny and Jeanette Williams bring an emotional sound to the movie with their ÂI RememberÂ heartfelt song about love lost. Jeanette's crystal voice added an angelic tone to the movie while Johnny's vocals on his original ÂMountain Way of LifeÂ displays his gentle classic bluegrass voice. His other song, ÂWhat You Gonna DoÂ was also a perfect fit for the movie as well. He is a multi-award winner including a bluegrass division winner two years in a row at the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.
Acoustic roots duo, The Jeff and Vida Band perform two songs including their original ÂDead & GoneÂ as well as the old traditional ÂShady Grove.Â Their mixture of Appalachian Bluegrass to alternative country was the right blend for the theme of the movie. They are multiple award winners including the honor of their album being chosen in the Top 10 Louisiana CD's and multiple nominations for Best Country Folk Album.
For more information on Bell Witch: The Movie and the Soundtrack, please visit
Big River Pictures
104 Church Street, Sevierville, TN 37862
Penny Jar Records
Hope River Entertainment
678.377.3298 / 770.513.6586 fax