The Rhythm of My Soul

Appalachian Film Festival

Featured Closing Film

Roger Sherman, Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award


Tupelo Film Festival

Opening Night Special Presentation,


Bluegrass Independent Film Festival 2007

Best Documentary

Now streaming online!



No place in America has produced more famous country stars than this small pocket in southern and eastern Kentucky. A testament to and demonstration of the many aspects of country music (country, gospel, bluegrass, mountain), The Rhythm of My Soul features some true national treasures playing their hearts out and explaining their unique techniques, including 77-year-old mountain banjo picker Lee Sexton; 80-year-old fiddle maker Buddy Ratcliff, who played with Merle Travis; The Tri-City Messengers, a gospel group made up of retired black coal miners; The Carriere Family, with 10- and 12-year-old fiddle players Josh and Stacie; Rob McNurlin and The Beatnik Cowboys; Bottomline; fiddlers John Harrod and Jesse Wells; mandolin picker Don Rigsby; dulcimer maker Warren May; and others.

Produced for the Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism and Development Association

Running time: 60 minutes.


  • Roger Sherman, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer
  • Meredith McGuire, Associate Producer
  • Kris Liem, Editor
  • Daniel Inkeles, After Effects, Intern
  • Kenny Dunn, Stills, Locations, Second Camera
  • Produced for Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association

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Running time: 60 minutes.