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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.


Daniel Cross


Daniel Cross
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Cast overview:
Jimmy Duck Holmes ... Himself (as Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes)
L.C. Ulmer L.C. Ulmer ... Himself
Bobby Rush Bobby Rush ... Himself
Little Freddie King Little Freddie King ... Himself
Robert Bilbo Walker Robert Bilbo Walker ... Himself
R.L. Boyce R.L. Boyce ... Himself
McKinney Williams McKinney Williams ... Himself
Barbara Lynn Barbara Lynn ... Herself
Lil' Buck Sinegal Lil' Buck Sinegal ... Himself
Lazy Lester Lazy Lester ... Himself
Henry Gray Henry Gray ... Himself
Carol Fran Carol Fran ... Herself
Bud Spires Bud Spires ... Himself
John Wilkins John Wilkins ... Himself (as Reverend John Wilkins)


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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Release Date:

12 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,105, 16 July 2017

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Just hangin' out with old friends
18 August 2017 | by PKazeeSee all my reviews

This is not so much a documentary as an invitation to a party with Bobby Rush as a casual guide. There's no discernible structure to the film, and the various players come and go - some not properly introduced until the final reel -but it is nonetheless a tremendous joy simply to be allowed to spend a little time with each and every person. Though many in this group are 80 years old and older, all but one appear to still have both their talent and their wit.

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