I Am The Blues
Directed by Daniel Cross
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.
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★★★★ review by brianwi on Letterboxd
Chronicles the end of an era on a number of levels. Plus killer blues throughout.
★★★½ review by Robert Reineke on Letterboxd
Sometimes the wisest thing a filmmaker can do is get out of the way. Albeit, the result is something of a shapeless film.
★★★★ review by joeyb on Letterboxd
What a well done documentary that swims naturally in some deep, deep emotion .... the capturing of so many of lives of wonderful storytellers through song...the roots of so much racism in our american culture..the south seeps into your bones watching this story unfold...much respect for the inhabitants of these lives that have been both celebrated and also tossed aside.
Bobby Rush is focused on in this doc, but also the larger examination - without peaching to the choir but told with honesty through so many voices - just how much all of this music has affected the whole of american music and culture, and it's spread to british rock and roll groups as well.
A necessary film for real music fans and music history lovers.
★★★★ review by jack_overbeck on Letterboxd
This doc shined a light on a grassroots part of the blues that I was heretofore unfamiliar with. The time spent with each musician created a strong emotional connection and allowed each to amply tell their story.
★★★½ review by Aidan Collins on Letterboxd
I Am The Blues felt scattered, in some ways that was a good thing, the director never butts in. However, I would have loved to see a more in depth portrait of the musicians and the towns and communities they live in. It touched that somewhat and there were some great stories, but ultimately it felt too light. Despite my gripes, I am very happy that these wonderful players have been documented, especially since they are very old and no one seems to be continuing their legacy, which is something they touch on in the film.
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