Thank Yous

Many folks have generously and enthusiastically given of their time and resources to make this project possible. We wish to thank each of you for your individual contributions.This is going to be a perpetually incomplete list, as we have countless folks to thank, but we will be adding many more as we go!

Firstly, a great big thank you goes out to ALL of you who have shared your stories about John through live interviews, audio tapes, video tapes, printed materials, and writing. Your generosity and love of the subject make this film a uniquely special effort.

Big thanks goes out to the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, for making a 3K grant to Aereotwang and the Hartford documentary. That grant has enabled the shooting and interviewing that required the most travel and greatest expense, and we could not have done it without their help.

To David Holt, not just for a wonderful interview, but for digging into his personal archives and generously loaning us some very special videos of John Hartford.

To the wonderful Ms. Sonya Cotton for invaluable advice that got us through the non-profit application process in half the usual time, and for hooking us up with several of our interviewees and resources. Sonya is a bluegrass music lover and an invaluable asset to the Bluegrass Anonymous organization of Louisville.

To John Hotze for sharing some great resources in his archive, for a great interview and lots of useful history, and for all his efforts in putting on the John Hartford Memorial Festival and letting us be a part of it.

Big ole thanks to David Kieffer, a school-mate and friend of John’s, who took time out (many hours) to walk through Johns old school classrooms with us and gave us loads of key background and history. He even brought in his old school yearbooks and flagged all the pages that had John on them for us.

Special thanks go to David Schenk for permitting us to use his library of wonderful photos he shot of John over the years. Without his photos, this website would not have been possible. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him and his father Jim (major steamboat enthusiasts, both), and hearing about their friendships with John.

To Mark O’Connor and his marvelous fiddle camp, where the two producers of this film first met as fiddle campers, and where John Hartford fiddled on the front porch and sparked the very beginnings of this documentary.

To Captain Stinson of the steamer General Jackson, for turning the boat around from the planned itinerary and going the other direction on the river, just so it would cruise past John’s house on the Cumberland river for the benefit of our video camera.

To Stephen Haley, grandson of fiddler Ed Haley, for helping us immensely with that chapter of John’s interests.

We’d like to thank a kind Kentucky gal, Chara Hutzell, of the Loew’s Annapolis Hotel, and her excellent staff, for giving us star treatment even though we weren’t the star of our interview with Tommy Smothers. She arranged a lovely suite for us and even rustled up an extra tripod when I discovered mine was not with me (gasp!). Chara and her crew are a first-class operation in every way.

Many twangs to the helpful and generous staff at the gorgeous, newly renovated Union Station Hotel in downtown Nashville for providing us a great hearthside location to interview Doug Dillard. Thanks also to the complete gentlemen of RC Mathews Builders, renovators of that great old train station, who halted their noisy work long enough for us to complete our interview when they found out who was there and what we were up to.

Special thanks to WALA and our WALA-sponsored lawyer Richard J. Marks for his assistance in matters legal, and to his firm, DLA Piper, for lending him to us on occasion. More information about the WALA organization (Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts) is at