Pure Country: Pure Heart - A Tune Filled All-American Tale

Nashville is definitely where it is happening these days. Voted Number 5 in The Top 15 Cities in the United States by Travel + Leisure with its southern charm, food scene, and of course music, music, music.  From the Ryman to the Grand Ole Opry, Songbird Tours or The Listening Room Cafe, Nashville is Music City.  Capturing the soul of music, get ready to sing your heart out as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE® Studios bring you a touching, tune-filled All-American tale of family in Pure Country: Pure Heart.  Featured are Country music icon Willie Nelson, Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy, WWE Legend Shawn Michaels are in this feature-length film filled with both new and popular songs with many scenes filmed in iconic Nashville. 

Pure Country: Pure Heart  is the moving, music-driven tale of teenage sisters Ada (Kaitlyn Bausch) and Piper (Cozi Zuehlsdorff). Upon discovering a letter about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq, they leave rural Tennessee and hit the road secretly in search of the truth about the man they never knew. As they uncover his past as a budding country music star in Nashville, the sisters find their own voice, beginning their journey as singers/songwriters.

Filmed on location in the heart of country music’s capitals New Orleans and Nashville, Pure Country: Pure Heart,  boasts 23 songs, including 16 new songs making their debut in the film. Among the featured songs are Willie Nelson’s beloved “We Don’t Run,” Laura Bell Bundy’s all-new “Grass Ain’t Greener,” the Ronny Cox penned-and-performed “Silver City,” and a bevy of songs from award-winning country-music songwriters – including Trent Dabbs & Jabe Beyer, Jon Kenzie, Maren Morris and Dallas Davidson & Natalia Starzuynski. The songs are performed in the film by Bausch, Zuehlsdorff, Barnes, Bundy, Cox and Nelson.

Director, Damon Santostefano and producer, Hunt Lowry, describe Nashville as the ultimate when it comes to country music and why it was chosen as a location for the movie.  “It has been, it started in Nashville and it (country music) still lives there.  The country music scene is Nashville and to make it in Nashville, you make it to the Grand Ole Opry, and then you are accepted as a Nashville legend. There are people all over the world making plans with their guitar to come to Nashville to sing or write songs and make it in Nashville. That’s why Nashville was the perfect setting for the movie,” Lowry says. Santostefano also added, “Nashville embraces all of the genres within country music everything from pop to country swing from the late 1920’s.  It’s all still relevant and since our movie has so many different kinds of country music in it, Nashville encapsulates most all of country music and it made sense to be a film location.”

Bausch and Zuehlsdorff were excited to film in the Music City.  Bausch said smiling, “I’m a huge fan of Nashville and it is one of my favorite cities in the whole entire world. There is great energy and I was excited to be there.” Zuehlsdorff commented, “Of course you can’t talk about Nashville without talking about the food.  There are so many outstanding restaurants and it is one of the friendliest cities in the world.” As the two filmed on location in Nashville, one of the most memorable scenes was running up and down Broadway taking pictures. Bausch says, “It was really cool, because Broadway was not shut down during filming. There were still a lot people walking by looking at what we were taking pictures of.”  

This is the third film in the Pure Country series. Other titles include Pure Country and Pure Country 2: The Gift.  “Pure Country is a wonderful, heartwarming franchise with proven success,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. Pure Country: Pure Heart pulls you in with its music and engaging story about love, loss, and dreams.”

Pure Country: Pure Heart is rated 'family-approved' by The Dove Foundation. The Dove Family Approved Seal is awarded to movies, DVDs, made for TV movies and specials, books and other entertainment products that portray and encourage positive values.  

The DVD, Blu-ray and Digital release of Pure Country: Pure Heart  includes the all-new original movie, as well as exciting enhanced content featuring a music video with Willie Nelson, interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. The DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are now available exclusively at Walmart.  The Pure Country: Pure Heart soundtrack is also currently available.

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01 Aug 2017

By Kathy Fox