Check out the exclusive premiere of the short documentary “Undeniably Donnie,” which takes a look at the legendary Alabama musician “Funky” Donnie Fritts.
The singer/songwriter and session musician has been described as changing the face of American music, and he was heavily involved in the Muscle Shoals country scene. Although he doesn’t have the same name recognition of some of his peers, the documentary aims to introduce America to one of its great artists before the release of his first album in ten years.
Of the film, Mark Slagle of 1504 Pictures said, “Donnie Fritts is a musician’s musician. His personality is endearing and his art is unique. Throughout decades of collaboration with a class of musicians who changed the face of American music, Donnie has never stopped. He’s a vessel for the song, faithful ’til the final note and patient with the punch line. We hope this short film gives the viewer a chance to shake Donnie’s hand, and raise their own glass to the Alabama’s Leaning Man. As Kristofferson wrote of his dear friend, ‘livin’ proof there’s still a few around for whom it ain’t so much a business as it is a way life. A puzzle to the parents and the pretty little wife. The truth’s there in the lines between the hard times and the hits. You’ll find ’em in the friendly face of Funky Donnie Fritts.'”
“Undeniably Donnie” is narrated by Kris Kristofferson and features talking heads from legendary country music stars like Kristofferson himself, Willie Nelson, John Prine and T-Bone Burnett. These former collaborators speak highly of Fritts and his career, emphasizing his impact on the history of music while creating a personal portrait of the man himself.