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Troubadour Blues (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 30 September 2011 (USA)
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Follow the paths of modern-day troubadours as they travel the lost highways of America, singing songs of love, longing, hope and redemption.


Tom Weber



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Credited cast:
Peter Case Peter Case ... Himself
Slaid Cleaves Slaid Cleaves ... Himself
Mark Erelli Mark Erelli ... Himself
Mary Gauthier Mary Gauthier ... Herself
Chris Smither Chris Smither ... Himself
Amy Speace ... Herself
Garrison Starr Garrison Starr ... Herself


Troubadour Blues is a journey into the world of well-traveled singer-songwriters in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, including Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Dave Alvin, Slaid Cleaves and many more. Filmmaker Tom Weber spent nearly 10 years gathering material for this feature-length documentary, which provides a revealing look at the heartbreaks and joys of these modern-day wandering minstrels. It features live performances of 40 original songs, such as Case's much-requested "Icewater" and "Entella Hotel," Gauthier's signature "Camelot Motel" and Smither's breathtaking rendition of "No Love Today." In revealing interviews, the artists discuss their craft and the state of the music business today. Written by Tom Weber

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30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Peter Case has been nominated three times for Grammy Awards, most recently for his 2007 album "Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John." Another artist in the film, Dave Alvin, won the Best Contemporary Folk Grammy for his 2000 album, "Public Domain." See more »


House Rent Party
Written by Peter Case
(Trumpet Blast Music, BMI, admin. Bug Music)
Performed by Peter Case
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Real Music by Real People
22 August 2012 | by taylorcalmSee all my reviews

I've never met Tom Weber, but if I did I'd give him a big hug...or at least a hearty handshake. He has made a very personal, warm and insightful behind-the-scenes look at the lives of traveling musicians. These artistic road warriors may never find the bright lights and huge paychecks of their arena-rocking counterparts, although they are just as worthy. The musicians profiled are the ones who travel and play for small to medium crowds in backwater towns because the music compels them forward. They have to play, they have to perform.

The film features a fine cast of singer-songwriters: Peter Case, Chris Smithers, Garrison Starr and many others. It is a rare person that can lay open their soul every night through music - regardless of crowd size or venue location or quality of sound system.

This is truly an insider's look at what it means to be included in the Troubadour breed...hopefully not a dying breed.

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