Film on Music Row’s Last Bar Previews Dec. 15

Film producer Andrew Butler will preview his documentary on the Idle Hour, the last surviving honky-tonk on Nashville’s Music Row, on Dec. 15. The showing, which is open to the public, will be held at the Idle Hour’s new location at 1028 16th Ave. South, the site earlier occupied by Kim’s Market. The hour and 26-minute film is titled The Last Idle Hours. “I started shooting it approximately two weeks before the old place closed down [in November 2004],” says Butler. “It’s primarily about [those] last two weeks, but it also encapsulates a lot of history — the fact that Dierks Bentley and David Ball and a few other cats actually got their start of their solo careers at that bar. It goes through the history of Bobby and Diane Herald, the people that ran it. It covers the subsequent demolishment of it. And near the end it goes into [its relocation] into the new place and then, unfortunately, Bobby Herald dying three months later.” Butler has also done documentaries on David Schnaufer and the Grand Ole Dulcimer Club and Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory. He says he has entered The Last Idle Hours in the upcoming Nashville Film Festival.