Back in the 1930s and 1940s Alan Lomax traveled America collecting recordings of folk singers performing their tunes. Lomax would collect samples using a Presto direct-to-disc recorder and would also occasionally conduct interviews, including Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and others.  

Flash forward to 2012, and filmmakers Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright wanted to pay homage to Lomax, so they took to the road with the same recording device and started shooting contemporary folksters. The duo would visit artists in their homes and record one song in one take. Traveling across the U.S., Steyermark and Wright visited musicians includng Little Wings, Joe Bussard, The Reverend John Wilkins, John Reilly — yes, as in Will Ferrell’s comedic duo John C. Reilly — Tom Brosseau, and others.

The end result is The 78 Project Movie, a flick about their journey as well as the music they witnessed. And Charlestonians will have the chance to see the finished project Jan. 29 at The Charleston Music Hall (37 John St.). The movie starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $8. For more information visit the78project.com, or call the Music hall at (843) 853-2252.