Pure Country 2: The Gift

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Pure Country 2: The Gift
Directed by Christopher Cain
Produced by Scott Duthie
Christopher Cain
Hunt Lowry
Lawrence Mortorff
Ben Horton
Phil Adams
Bryon Elliot
Ken Crain
James Tierney
Jeff Schafer
Michael Minkler
Jay Hoffman
Doug Draizin
Written by Dean Cain &
Christopher Cain
Starring Katrina Elam
Travis Fimmel
Michael McKean
Cheech Marin
Bronson Pinchot
Jackie Welch
Dean Cain
William Katt
Sharon Thomas
Todd Truley
Michael Yama
J.D. Parker
Krisinda Cain Schafer
Adam Skaggs
Heidi Brook Myers
George Strait
Jeff Schafer
Jeremy Childs
Jon Douglas Rainey
Music by Steve Dorff
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Jack Hofstra
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15)
Country United States
Language English

Pure Country 2: The Gift is a 2010 American musical western film directed by Christopher Cain. It is the sequel to the 1992 Pure Country and stars country music artist Katrina Elam.

Plot[edit]

Bobbie (Katrina Elam) has a naturally beautiful voice and leaves her small town for Nashville, hoping to become a singing superstar. Before she leaves, her Aunt Ella (Jackie Welch) tells her she will succeed beyond her wildest dreams if only she never lies, is always fair, and never breaks a promise. As she prepares to board the bus, Aunt Ella gives her a locket (containing a picture of her mother) and a one-hundred dollar bill, "so you can always come home."

In Nashville, Bobbie lands a job at a sushi restaurant owned by a man named Morita. Morita believes that anyone who is aspiring to be in the music business will not work hard in his restaurant, so when he asks Bobbie if she is a singer (all his employees are shaking their heads 'no' behind him), she responds "No." Angels in heaven wince and say "that's one," meaning she's broken the first of the three rules that govern her gift.

But it turns out that the other employees are also musicians and have a band called "The Rising Sons." She joins their group, Morita becomes their manager, and they are given an audition by a promoter who is a longtime customer at the sushi restaurant. The promoter convinces Bobbie that The Rising Sons are not talented enough to take her to the top. Though she repeatedly says, "it's not fair," she eventually gives in and agrees to let them go. The angels in heaven say "that's two," meaning she's broken the second of the rules.

Bobbie grew up not knowing her father and has always wondered about him. When her single climbs the charts and she is interviewed on a television show, the host surprises her by bringing her long-lost father on the show with her. Later, he confesses to Bobbie that he's led a hard life and she'd be better off without him. At that point, she promises to always stand by him, no matter what.

As Bobbie prepares for a live show where she will open for George Strait, her drunken father comes into her dressing room (escorted by security). After exchanging harsh words, Bobbie tells him she hates him, wishes she'd never met him, and tells him to get out. When he refuses and becomes violent Strait intervenes and has a physical altercation with him. She has, sadly, broken the third rule - never break a promise. As she heads out on stage, a strong wind blows and takes her voice - her gift - away with it. When Bobbie opens her mouth to sing, only a hoarse noise issues forth. She runs from the stage.

Bobbie visits expert after expert to try to get her voice back. She is told, more than once, that because of the way her larynx is formed, she should never have been able to sing. Her ability to sing at all was a miracle. The experts all agree that she will never sing again.

Bobbie goes back home to Aunt Ella, and says she's lost her voice. (Aunt Ella already knew - each time Bobbie broke one of the three rules, Aunt Ella knew.) Bobbie cries because singing is all she's ever done, ever wanted to do. Aunt Ella tells her that when she makes up for the wrongs she did, she'll be able to sing again. She tells Bobbie that her heart is empty, but when it is full, Bobbie will sing from her heart. It won't sound the same as when she sang from the gift, but she will sing.

Shortly after, Aunt Ella passes away. Then, Bobbie sets out to right the wrongs she did. She returns to Nashville, and seeks and receives forgiveness from Morita and the Rising Sons. She arranges a charity performance to support a horse-therapy group. (Her father and boyfriend are in the audience.) She is called to the stage and says, "I hope you'll forgive the sound of my voice, but I'm singing from my heart. So please just listen to my heart."

Meanwhile, in Heaven, the gift is dancing and twirling around the angels, who have never seen that happen before. Then, a new angel (Aunt Ella) tells them that Bobbie has redeemed herself and the gift should be returned to her. Halfway through the song, the angels send the gift hurtling back to her. Bobbie's voice returns to its former glory.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Pure Country 2: The Gift
Soundtrack album by Katrina Elam
Released February 26, 2011 (2011-02-26)
Genre Country
Label Water Tower
Producer Steve Dorff
Katrina Elam chronology
Katrina Elam
(2004)
Pure Country 2: The Gift
(2011)

The soundtrack for Pure Country 2: The Gift was released by Water Tower Records in 2011. Featuring songs from the film by Katrina Elam, including "Dream Big" which was also released as a single in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Might as Well Be Me" (Bobby Pinson) – 3:31
  2. "Love Is" (Bobby Pinson) – 3:45
  3. "Dream Big" (Steve Dorff) – 3:24
  4. "That's My Man" (Danny Orton) – 3:59
  5. "Would You Love Me Anyway" (Katrina Elam) – 3:57
  6. "If Your Love Was a Rock" (Rachel Proctor) – 3:46
  7. "Love Will Still Be There" (Steve Dorff) – 4:07
  8. "Second Chance" (Clay Mills) – 3:17
  9. "Dream Big (Movie Version)" (Steve Dorff) – 3:36

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 55
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 44