Premiering at the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival on April 18th, an independent film documentary by Andrew Stubbs titled "I Lay Where I Fall," follows Philly local and ex-Dr. Dog musician Juston Stens, traveling between different cities and states to collaborate with other musicians for his first solo album. In 2011, before Stens took to the road, he had been a part of Dr. Dog for six years. With the support of musicians that he met while out on tour and in playing with Dr. Dog, Juston decided to put a call out for collaborators--and the rest, as they say; is history. Juston created these songs, utilizing different musicians and peers in each new city along the way.
"The film follows Stens just after he’s left well-known indie rock band Dr. Dog at the height of their success. Stens—a self-taught guitar player, bassist, piano player, drummer and singer—felt artistically limited during his years as a drummer with the band. He challenges himself to produce new art and reset the creative process by traveling across America on a 1972 Triumph to connect with musician friends across the country and record songs in their personal spaces."
While Stens' new album is set to be released on Albany, NY's Eschatone Records on June 24th, 2014, "I Lay Where I Fall" (the film documentary) will premiere at the film festival. Both the film and album feature "members of Wilco, the Autumn Defense, Spoon, Dr. Dog, Generationals, Brass Bed, Floating Action, Apollo Sunshine, Hacienda, Feufollet, Golden Boots, Mynabirds, Sound Team, Giant Cloud, Drug Rug, Those Darlins, the Hawks of Holy Rosary, Grand Strand and more." Stens has been playing out most recently as Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang.
Stream a track from the forthcoming album here, or take a look at the trailer for the film (above):