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I Am the Blues (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 12 July 2017 (USA)
A tour of the juke joints and other venues of the legendary Chitlin Circuit in the Mississippi Delta, including performances by aging blues musicians in their eighties who used to play the circuit.

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Jimmy Duck Holmes ... Himself (as Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes)
L.C. Ulmer ... Himself
Bobby Rush ... Himself
Little Freddie King ... Himself
Robert Bilbo Walker ... Himself
R.L. Boyce ... Himself
McKinney Williams ... Himself
Barbara Lynn ... Herself
Lil' Buck Sinegal ... Himself
Lazy Lester ... Himself
Henry Gray ... Himself
Carol Fran ... Herself
Bud Spires ... Himself
John Wilkins ... Himself (as Reverend John Wilkins)
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I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80's, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. Written by EyeSteelFilm

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$5,105, 14 July 2017, Limited Release

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$37,849, 28 September 2017
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Must see for blues fans
2 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

The film captures real, raw footage of people who live and love the blues despite being passed over by fame and fortune. It's an important live recording of a quickly disappearing link between modern blues musicians and veterans who still remember the originators of the art form from early in the last century. It's important to remember those roots and what these people went through to ensure the art form endured. As an added bonus it provides footage of some very talented people who may have otherwise been forgotten. Each of the musicians profiled had fleeting success and fame at some point but to a person, they seem to take everything in stride and maintain a love of the blues that doesn't need outside approval or adoration.


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