Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters band mates have worked their way through seven US cities to seek out the backstory behind the music that has emanated from those places to make the awe-inspiring cacophony that is our national sound. On Friday night, they’ll visit the last and wrap up Sonic Highways on HBO; a little adventure that resulted in an album of material that was inspired by these places, some amazing interviews with people like Steve Earle and Trombone Shorty, and a substantive look at the tools and windowless boxes that contributed to that sound.
In some ways, it’s easy to look at Sonic Highways and view it as complete, but at the end of Grohl’s appearance on The Daily Show last night, the rock legend and now accomplished documentarian took the bait from Jon Stewart when he was reminded that there are more than eight cities out there, saying that “there might be a season 2.”
Selfishly, this pleases me and I hope that HBO is as open to the idea as Grohl seems to be. Right off the top of my head, I can absolutely see the show exploring San Francisco, Motown and Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, the neo-soul well-spring in Philadelphia, and Criteria Studios in Miami. I can also see the show expanding out to tackle a few international locales, because you can’t deny the effect that British music has had on that aforementioned American sound.
So yes, there are more places to explore. But more than that, Sonic Highways‘ mission is the kind that is everlasting.
In the first season, Grohl has shined a light on people who have suffered for their music and people who refused to alter themselves or their sound to make things easier. To him, music is clearly a craft, not a bridge to fame. And as the Nashville episode showed, Grohl really seems to have a distaste for music that panders.
In this world where there is a neon arrow pointing to the road taken by YouTube stars and American Idol contestants, it’s good to have a plywood arrow that points toward another way.
Source: The Daily Show