Named for one of its subject's typically askew songs, Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) is a fly-on-the-wall portrait of a working rocker who just happens to have a famous dad. The son and namesake of Nashville royalty, Bobby Bare Jr. arguably reached his commercial peak at age 7 when he dueted with his father on the Grammy-nominated hit "Daddy What If." He grew up to write and play roaring good roots rock, alt-country, and slanted balladry for wildly appreciative but often not very big audiences, wrestling all the while with the repercussions of a perpetual life on the road, constantly separated and disconnected from loved ones back home. Bare Jr.’s wry, realistic take on his life and career anchors William Miller’s fine-grained, visually eclectic road trip of sleepy van rides and weary humor, band bickering and selling your own merch, small wads of cash at the end of the night, and, sometimes, the sheer, ecstatic joy of playing live, be it at a club, around a campfire, or in a fan's living room.
Director/cinematographer Miller studied at New York University's film school with music doc pioneer D.A. Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, Monterey Pop), who served as an adviser on Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost).