The Trail-Blazing Spirit of America’s Music

In America’s musical cities, every chord, every riff, every bang of a drum tells a story. In America’s Musical Journey these stories come together to create a soundtrack for the American experience—a soundtrack that showcases the nation’s diversity and its collision of cultures, culminating in a unique blend of sound, music and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world

About The Movie

Meet the Artists

Louis Armstrong: Following the Footsteps of a Legend

In America’s Musical Journey, Aloe Blacc traces the footsteps of Louis Armstrong from New Orleans to Chicago and beyond, where his impact on jazz and other American musical forms was profound. Born at the turn of the century in New Orleans, a grandson of slaves, Louis Armstrong learned to play the cornet in a boy’s home.  A creative prodigy from the start, Armstrong revolutionized jazz with his adventurous solos, bluesy phrasing and bold improvisational style, becoming one of the most influential musical icons of the 20th century.

“There’s something exciting that happens when different cultures come together as they have in America.  One of the things that happens is incredible creativity.”

Elvis Presley:
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most influential cultural forces of the 20th century. The film team of America’s Musica Journey followed Elvis’s footsteps down Beale Street and into the skies with Flying Elvi — ten skydivers who pay tribute by free-falling at 120 mph dressed in full Elvi regalia. And, naturally, Aloe Stops by Graceland, where the spirit of the Kin is still in residence. Presley’s music career began in Memphis, Tennessee at Sun Studios, where Elvis Presley recorded his first song in 1954. By the year 1956, Elvis had become an international sensation with his unique sound and style and ushered in a new era of American music.

Music in the Film

As featured in America’s Musical Journey

My Story – Aloe Blacc
Hello World – Aloe Blacc
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Black Woman – Alan Lomax Negro Prison Blues Songs
Nobody Knows The Trouble I See – The Poole Brothers
Basin Street Blues – Louis Armstrong
Down In New Orleans – Dr. John
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? – Louis Armstrong
The In Crowd – Ramsey Lewis
Ain’t Misbehaving – Louis Armstrong
Dinah – Louis Armstrong
Wake Me Up – Aloe Blacc
Mule Skinner Blues – Jimmie Rodgers
Manifest – Detroit Youth Choir
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Conga – Gloria Estefan
I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
They’ll be Peace In The Valley – Elvis Presley
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Louis Armstrong

Behind The Scenes

Filmmaker Credits

America’s Musical Journey is a MacGillivray Freeman Film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia.

Director: Greg MacGillivray
Producer: Shaun MacGillivray
Executive Producer: Tom Garzilli
Writer: Stephen Judson
Music By: Steve Wood
Editors: Stephen Judson and Jason Paul
Director of Cinematography: Brad Ohlund
Aerial Cinematographer: Ron Goodman
Production Manager: Meghan MacGillivray
Production Manager: Kathy Almon
Visual Effects: Alan Markowitz

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