Over Home: Love Songs From Madison County
Director:Joe Cornelius and Kim Dryden
This film explores the life of Sheila Kay Adams, a ballad singer from western North Carolina. She started learning the old love songs on her granny’s porch when she was five, and never looked back. Sheila’s family’s musical heritage, rooted in traditional Appalachian life, has sustained her, giving her strength to face the loss of that culture, the death of her husband, and the emotional trauma that followed. Still struggling to overcome immense personal loss, Sheila teaches the old love songs to a new generation, insuring that this old mountain heritage lives on while giving younger people an age-old source of power and healing — music. “Over Home” shows us that while American traditions like this may be dying out, people like Sheila will fight that trend until their last breath. Ballad singing has changed, but through the lens of Sheila’s experience, we see there is hope for the future.