We're Pickin' Up Tennessee!

Welcome to Pickin' Up Tennessee, the first music-centered litter-awareness campaign in Tennessee since the popular "Tennessee Trash" public service ads of the 1970s ... but with this important difference: Pickin' Up Tennessee focuses not on what makes Tennessee nasty but what makes it spectacular, from breathtaking landscapes and rich music to one-of-a-kind places and volunteer-spirited people.

T.V. Barnett and the Roan Mountain Moonshiners (from left, Rhodyjane Meadows, Sam Jones, T.V. Barnett and Michael Jones) perform an old-timey version of "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" on the porch of the historic Miller Homestead on Roan Mountain on Day 17 (June 23, 2013) of the Pickin' Up Tennessee litter awareness tour. This song and 35 others are included (in both audio CD and video DVD) in the just-released commemorative package of the tour, available here.    


At the heart of Pickin' Up Tennessee are the 20 Daily Video Journals recorded during the June 2013 Pickin' Up Tennessee RV Tour. For four weeks starting June 1, the Pickin' Up Tennessee team—filmmakers Dave Porfiri and Linda Duvoisin of Chattanooga-based Mindflow Media, and daughters, Jane, 10, and Harlan, 8—traveled the state aboard the Pickin' Up Tennessee RV. Along the way, they filmed iconic scenery, recorded a sound-quilt of live music performances, visited hidden tourism treasures, talked to countless Tennessee-loving community leaders and joined hundreds of volunteers and community organizations in bagging  up a ton of litter. Each evening they camped in one of Tennessee's award-winning state parks, editing video footage, keeping blogs and posting photos to Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

By the time the tour ended on June 26, the project had covered nearly 3,000 miles, involved more than 500 volunteers, recorded 38 songs, generated dozens of media stories and produced enough footage for more than 60 YouTube videos, including 4 pre-tour stories, 20 daily video journals and a 4-minute video capsule of the tour (click on the arrow in the image above to launch the Tour-in-Review). 

While all of the videos and music may be seen online (go to The Videos here or visit Pickin' Up Tennessee's YouTube channel, you can now have your very own three-disc PUTN documentary—and support the project's volunteers in the bargain! Just go to Support and click the link to the Pickin' Up Tennessee commemorative CD/DVD set

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