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Video network Blip TV to distribute award-winning 'Big Country Blues'

Nov. 05, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE -- Blip TV, the largest independently owned video network in the world, has announced that it will distribute the award-winning independent web drama, "Big Country Blues."

The 5-part series debuted on Monday, Oct. 22.

Blip distributes series across the web, including to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to iTunes and to the TV set through partnerships with Roku and Google TV.

The series was written by Brian A. Ross, whose writing and producing credits include projects for NBC, USA, MTV and VH1's Best Week Ever.

Ross, who now lives in Los Angeles, grew up in Raceland, Ky., and attended the University of Kentucky before transferring to New York University Film School. Directing the film with Ross, as well as producing, is Jonathan Rippon. Cinematographer for the series is David A. Erickson.

"Big Country Blues," stars country singer/songwriter Jeremy McComb (who often tours with Huntington native Rick Huckaby) and Sarah Jacobs, and tells the story of a down and out rail yard worker ("Grayson Ricker") with a broken home and big dreams, who is convinced to travel to Nashville by his loving girlfriend and big-talking best friend, for a chance at stardom via a reality TV show. Together, the three embark on a journey through Music City USA where "Grayson" experiences joy, betrayal and heartache that country music is all about.

The web drama has already brought home several awards and nominations including the award for "Best Drama" at both the ITVfest and also the IFQ film & New Media Festival. It was an official honoree at the 2011Webby Awards, won top prize at the 2011 Telly Awards for Drama and Music and previewed at the Cannes Film Festival as an Official Selection of the Marseille Webfest.

Lead actor, Jeremy McComb, received a Best Actor award from the LA Webfest in Los Angeles where the film also won "Outstanding Drama Series."

You can check out the entire series, trailer and bonus materials at the website, www.bigcountryblues.com or via Blip.tv.