"Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" is an unprecedented documentary series on HBO that commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25-million-plus-selling band Foo Fighters by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album. The band's founder and frontman, as well as the accomplished director of the acclaimed feature-film documentary "Sound City," Dave Grohl directs the series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America's musical identity.

Each episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city's unique musical identity. With episodes set in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C., the series features appearances from local legends who have become the musical and cultural ambassadors of those cities, including Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Dolly Parton, Rick Nielsen, Bad Brains, Chuck D, Gibby Haynes, Allen Toussaint and Gary Clark, Jr., among others. Grohl describes the series as a love letter to the history of American music.

For the album and series, Grohl and bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, along with producer Butch Vig, based themselves at a legendary studio integral to the unique history and character of each of these great American musical capitals. One song was recorded in each city, with Grohl, the band and the "Sonic Highways" crew delving deep into the local musical currents, discovering how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and showing in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns.

As with his 2013 film "Sound City," Grohl's unequaled passion for both the music he creates and the music that inspires its creation fuels the type of honest and trusting musician-to-musician exchange represented on the album and the series.

All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Grohl held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the series, and other local personalities who became part of the process. Some of the other artists who participated include Charlie Gabriel, Nora Guthrie, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty, Carrie Underwood and many more.

"Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" is produced by Roswell Films, a division of Roswell Records, the label that releases Foo Fighters' music, and Therapy Content, in association with Worldwide Pants. The series is written by Mark Monroe and Dave Grohl and executive produced by Dave Grohl, James A. Rota, John Ramsay.


Network: HBO
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: October 17, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Roswell Films
Therapy Content

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