Introducing The Video Archive
Don Clark, owner of The Bluegrass Bus Museum, started filming bluegrass festivals in the early 1980s. He spent a lot of time in the front rows of festivals from California to Bean Blossom, IN, and everywhere in-between. Don recorded with an early VHS shoulder mounted camera and often relied on the help of a very tall tripod. The video vault (archive) of The Bluegrass Bus Museum consists of hundreds of live VHS tapes. Don, along with his son Danny Clark, have been transferring the VHS tapes to DVD and then uploading the live performances to YouTube. This collection will eventually contain thousands of never-before-seen videos. Enjoy some of the samples below and check back frequently as this project will most likely take years to finish.
For the last two decades the Bluegrass Bus Museum has educated and inspired the future generations of American music. From the deserts of California to the heart of the south, Don Clark has made it his personal mission to spread the joy of American music through his Bluegrass Bus Museum. The bus is a hands on interactive museum that allows children and adults to become immersed in the history of country and bluegrass music.
Don Clark, the owner and operator of the Bluegrass Bus Museum has collected bluegrass and country music memorabilia for the past thirty years. The bus museum includes hundreds of autographed photos of musical legends ranging from Flatt & Scruggs to Nickel Creek.The museum features vintage clothing worn by musical stars such as Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin and Johnny Cash. The museum is covered from floor to ceiling in musical items that date back to the 1930’s.
Many of the guests who tour the bus museum are overwhelmed by the amount of memorabilia that has been collected over the years. Children love the hands on approach to the bus museum and often come back two or three times a day.
For the last 20 years Don Clark has been acting alone as the sole supporter, operator and mechanical chief for the Bluegrass Bus Museum. Hopefully with a little help from others the Bluegrass Bus Museum will be rolling into the future educating and inspiring the future generations of American music.
About The Bluegrass Bus Museum
What our friends say about the Museum
"The Bluegrass Bus Museum is exactly what it's called. You will be amazed at what's inside. If you have the Museum at your festival once, it will be back again and again. All the guys in the band love The Bluegrass Bus Museum."
From Jere "Pop" Cherryholmes:
"Don Clark's Bluegrass Bus Museum is a trip back through the history of American, Hillbilly music, a must see for all true Bluegrass lovers."
From Marty Stuart:
"Lester Flatt once told me when the road got a little weary the Foggy Mountain Boys would pull the bus into a grove of trees along the side of the road to sleep. Recently I saw the Bluegrass Bus at a festival parked amongst the pines, it looked like a ghost. I'll admit it, I stood there for a moment, listened to Little Girl Of Mine In Tennessee in my head and dreamed that Lester, Earl, Curly, Paul, Josh and Jake would step out. There is nothing like a Foggy Mountain Dream. Goodness Gracious it’s good."