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What begins with a creaky rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the firing of a freshly rolled number unfolds into a multilayered examination of what it means to be American. Director Justin Kreutzmann brings us an insightful, copacetic-minded snapshot of this fertile new collaboration for battered-but-unbroken hippy musical lifers Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly, Duane Trucks and Jesse Aycock. Mixing intimate concert performances, road scenes, personal tales, and studio footage, The First Waltz arrives at a crucial moment to remind us that Jerry Garcia is as important as Ben Franklin and that rock ‘n’ roll is as much a birthright as The Constitution.

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The First Waltz
- The film documents the Hard Working Americans' (Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly, Jesse Aycock) beginnings... behind the scenes in the studio as the band collaborates on their self-titled debut album and on the road following the band close-up throughout their national tour. The film live concert highlights from their sold-out stops in Boulder (Dec 2013), Nashville (Feb 2014) San Francisco (Jan 2014) and features music from the HWA, Todd Snider and more...


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