“The Hayloft Gang documentary challenges our common notion that Nashville and the American South are the origin point for country music. The film highlights a powerful rural-urban connection between artists and audiences that helped form the genre”- Art of the Rural

The Hayloft Gang takes us back to an era when the sounds of barn dance radio filled living rooms from coast to coast, and traces the history of one of the longest running and most popular radio shows, The National Barn Dance. From the Great Depression through the hardships of World War II, this Chicago based variety show celebrated America's early country and folk music traditions.

The documentary weaves rare performance footage, photographs and home movies, with first hand accounts from performers and fans of the radio show. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall Americana music, offering cowboy crooners, mountain string bands, folk balladeers and more. The Hayloft Gang brings to life an important time in the history of American popular culture and reminds us of the impact and role The National Barn Dance played in shaping today’s country music.

Lulu Belle & Scotty
Patsy Montana & the Prairie Ramblers
The Hoosier Hotshots
Bradley Kincaid
The Girls of the Golden West
Pat Buttram
The DeZurik Sisters (aka the Cackle Sisters)
Slim Bryant
The Beaver Valley Sweethearts
Bob Atcher
Captain Stubby & The Buccaneers