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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

25 Revolutions, a feature-length documentary, is poised to showcase the City of McKinney in unparalleled fashion.

 

The documentary, narrated by Hollywood icon Kiefer Sutherland, follows the planning, production, and ultimately the performances involved in KHYI 95.3fm’s 25th annual music festival, the Texas Music Revolution.

 

While the average life-span of a U.S. music festival is 2.5 years, KHYI has managed to execute 25 of installments of its’ famed event. Through the years, many Country music staples have walked across the Texas Music Revolution’s stages: Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ricky Skaggs, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Turnpike Troubadours, Whiskey Myers, Pat Green, Jack Ingram and hundreds more.

 

The twenty-fifth installment provides more challenges than any other year in the festival’s vaunted history, including but not limited to:

 

  • The timing makes TMR the first post-pandemic two-day festival in the entire state of Texas.

  • The new location (McKinney) and new format (93 bands on 21 stages, all within walking distance) provide potential logistics issues.

  • In honoring the early years of the festival, an exhaustive effort occurred to bring back some of the favorite band’s from the first few years including BR5-49’s Chuck Mead, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Randy Rogers and more.

  • One particular goal was to track down an artist who had walked away from both a major-label record deal and the most requested video of the year on Country Music Television (CMT) 18 years ago. This artist had gone off the grid and had not performed on a stage in Texas in over 18 years.

  • Another goal, documented in the footage, was to shine a star on the best up and coming bands in Texas including Joshua Ray Walker who, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, had the 5th best Country Album in the world in 2020. Walker played 5 sets as a member of 3 different bands on Saturday alone.

 

As if this weren’t enough for an amazing documentary in the magical setting of downtown McKinney, a cataclysmic storm hit on the second night of the Festival, creating high drama but also bringing out the best in everyone.

 

Update: The principle filming has wrapped and the film is waiting to secure grant funding to move to official post-production status with a hopeful early-edit version available for viewing in the Summer of 2022.

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