Saturday, June 28, 2008

M for Mississippi--A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues

There is a new blues documentary coming out in the fall. Here's the info and the trailer: This timely road movie will explore the thriving underbelly of a dying American art form in the land where it began -- Mississippi.

"Planned as a weeklong journey through the birthplace of the blues, M for Mississippi seeks to capture the proverbial "real deal" in its home where it is most comfortable and authentic -- the jukes, the front yards, the cotton fields. More than just a collection of concert performances, the film will collect the sounds, the images and the feel of both the performers and their native landscape -- an environment essential to their livelihoods and inseparable from their art.

Cultivating the fertile ground between such landmark theatrical travelogues as Buena Vista Social Club and Deep Blues, M for Mississippi aims to appeal to more than just the average blues fan. By showcasing such a fascinating foreign land so close to home, the filmmakers hope to inspire countless others to make their own road trips down Mississippi's blue highways.

For more info or if you would like to contribute to this project by pre-ordering the DVD and soundtrack, please visit:"

Here's another one already done. It's a pretty good representation of the trip we took back in the fall. The first frame of him driving through the Delta is exactly how it t-i-s :) His first statement is exactly how I feel driving through the Delta, except it is the only place in this state where I feel at home.

Southern Road Trip--USA

"June 2008
Photographer Peter Kayafas has long been fascinated by the earthiness of southerners, their hospitality and their hatreds. Peter travels down the South's roads capturing the contradictions of the region.

Kayafas says, "Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker...I'd say that Highway 61 is one of the most historically relevant roads in America" /due to the number of artists and musicians who've travelled along it. Peter and travelling companion Maher uncover many incredible moments, from Big Jack Johnson on his porch playing Catfish Blues, to meeting Joanne Bland who took part in the freedom march led by Martin Luther King in the 1960s."

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