For years John Cohen has devoted much of his energy and talent to the cause of traditional music, first as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, and also for over thirty years as a documentary filmmaker. The films presented in this video capture the life and music of rural America and eloquently convey the vanishing landscape of traditional music and the source of its power. Contains three complete films by Cohen. "The High Lonesome Sound" (1963, 30 min.), "End of an Old Song" (1970, 27 min.) and "Sara and Maybelle" (1981, 10 min.).