Coyote Motel Announces Soundtrack Release and Premiere for "The River: A Songwriter’s Stories of the South"

Article Contributed by Devious Planet | Published on Friday, February 9, 2024

Coyote Motel, the Nashville-based cosmic roots band known for their visionary musical landscapes, is thrilled to announce the release of their award-winning soundtrack for the upcoming film, "The River: A Songwriter’s Stories of the South." The soundtrack is set to be released on March 19th, coinciding with the film's premiere screening at Nashville’s iconic Belcourt Theatre. Fans of the band and film enthusiasts alike are eagerly anticipating this double celebration of music and cinema.

In a special treat for Nashville music lovers, Coyote Motel will perform live at WMOT’s Finally Friday series on March 15th, offering a sneak peek into the soul-stirring music from the film.

"The River" is a crowdfunded cinematic journey through the lives, lore, and locales along three of the American South's great rivers: the Cumberland, the Mississippi, and the Tallahatchie. This radical psychedelic and musical experience is the brainchild of Coyote Motel’s pack leader, Ted Drozdowski, a renowned guitarist, songwriter, journalist, and music historian. Directed by Richie Owens of Parlor Films, the film is a unique blend of performance, storytelling, and cultural history, described as a "visionary autobiography" by Grammy-winning music journalist Anthony DeCurtis.

Over 15 Nashville independent artists, including light art creators Darling Lucifer Productions and the aerialists of Suspended Gravity Circus, have collaborated on this project. Drozdowski’s life-long exploration of America’s musical roots and his connection to the cosmic and cultural heritage of the South have culminated in this breathtaking film and soundtrack. "My entire life has been a rehearsal for 'The River,'" says Drozdowski. "This film and its music are the embodiment of my journey and passion."

The film has already garnered critical acclaim, receiving Best Original Feature Soundtrack and Best Experimental Feature awards at Cincinnati’s Queen City Film Festival. It stands as a testament to the rich musical and cultural tapestry of the American South, promising to be an unforgettable experience for audiences worldwide.

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the premiere of "The River: A Songwriter’s Stories of the South" and celebrate the release of its mesmerizing soundtrack. Join Coyote Motel for a night of music, storytelling, and cinematic brilliance at the Belcourt Theatre on March 19th and get a preview of the magic at WMOT’s Finally Friday on March 15th.