SIDEMEN - Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy...
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SIDEMEN - Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011. The historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary sidemen inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter.
Rediscover the Blues through the eyes of the men who created it.
I was fortunate enough to have seen one of the first screenings of Sidemen: Long Road to Glory. The film impressed upon me the significance of the documentary, not only in honor of these men and their contributions to popular culture, but also as a long overdue historical narrative that is - in equal parts - pure satisfaction for music buffs, Black historians, and of course, any lover of the classic American Dream; however long that may take to achieve.
Personally speaking, I've always been a fan of classic rock, but as far as the Blues, I've only ever been familiar the with names of B.B. King and Muddy Waters. I honestly had no idea how influential Blues music really was until I watched Sidemen.
With that said, I can find no memorable comparison to any other time - whatsoever - where I experienced "goosebumps" as frequently as during this screening. Endless world-renowned artists share intimate memories of their personal experiences with Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Hubert Sumlin. If ever you were curious about the man behind the legend, this is the underdog story you've been waiting for - times three.
But that's not all.
When you witness these three musical masters perform with such proficiency and passion, you can't help but feel it deep in your heart.
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