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M For Mississippi - A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues
M For Mississippi - A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues
Actors: James 'T-Model' Ford, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Robert 'Bilbo' Walker, Wesley 'Junebug' Jefferson, Terry 'Harmonica' Bean
Director: Roger Stolle;Jeff Konkel;Damien Blaylock;Kari Jones
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2010     1hr 34min

Blues Music Award and Living Blues Award winner. A week-long road-trip through the birthplace of the blues, M for Mississippi follows a handful of music fanatics on the road as they capture the proverbial 'real deal' in it...  more »

     
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Actors: James 'T-Model' Ford, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Robert 'Bilbo' Walker, Wesley 'Junebug' Jefferson, Terry 'Harmonica' Bean
Director: Roger Stolle;Jeff Konkel;Damien Blaylock;Kari Jones
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Blues
Studio: M for Mississippi
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/08/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Mississippi The Blues Today
Michael Stephenson | 01/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD and accompanying CD from Roger Stolle of Cat Head and Jeff Konkell of Broke And Hungry Records, two young blues fans, captures perfectly the deep blues culture that exists in Mississippi today hidden from obvious view. The DVD allows you to see the Mississippi landscape and to witness the sheer quirkiness of the performing acoustic blues artists and the environment in which they live. There is brilliant music from T Model Ford, Pat Thomas, Robert Belfour, Terry 'Harmonica' Bean amongst many others. A rich and rewarding DVD showing a culture that still exists below the radar. This DVD gives you a glimpse of how the blues was in its early years in Mississippi-entertainment for neighborhood folks in simple rural lives. Highly recommended!"
SUPPORT THE HOME OF THE BLUES
BILLYBOBUK | PLANO,TX | 11/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This an excellent film of the blues today in Mississippi--a group of blues fans spending a week in April 2008 getting together at the homes and jukejoints of the Delta,listening to the state of the blues today.
The film is well made,split screens and a mixture of color and b/w,sound is excellent.The stories and performances of the featured musicians are the basis of the film,some real characters here.
Bonus features are excellent,extended performances and deleted scenes.
"T-Model"Ford is excellent,performs a Chuck Berry tune without the vocal, because Chucks attorney would not allow it--if the British groups of the 60's hadn't performed his songs where would Chuck be today--sing the songs, spread the word.
Great effort by everybody involved in this release,anybody interested in the blues and music history should watch this--there may not be many more opportunites to see and hear this wonderful music--all will be left with is the recordings and the Mississippi Blues Trail Markers, great as all that is, the blues is a live experience--support this release, and go down to Mississippi,it is a beautiful state,my few visits have always been great."
Blues as you rarely hear them anymore
H. Howorth | Chicagoland | 02/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm afraid that I completely disagree with the previous reviewer's negative take on this film. For starters, nowhere in the title of the DVD or its description does it say anything about "country blues," so to compare the artists in this film to Blind Willie McTell or Johnny Shines, both of whom I also love, is like comparing apples to oranges. The film was about the blues as it's currently played today in Mississippi, where a matter of a few miles can result in huge stylistic differences. Several of the musicians in the film weren't even from the Delta but from the hill country of northern Mississippi where a unique style of blues has flourished for many decades. It is characterized by its raw, stripped down, repetitve riffing which, in the hands of its best known practitioners, Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside, is almost hypnotic in its simplicity but to those unfamiliar with the style can sound sloppy and shambolic. Other musicians in the film may be past their prime but still offer insights into how and why they play the blues, which to me is worth seeing. I'll grant you that "Mr. Tater" had little to offer musically, but his appearance in the film is still worthwhile, as he is a regular fixture in Clarksdale and has the blues in his bones. My wife and I personally loved the performances of R.L. Boyce, Pat Thomas and (especially) L.C. Ulmer among others, but we like our blues rough and tumble. It's like the legendary Hound Dog Taylor used to say, "When I die, they'll say 'he couldn't play s***, but he sure made it sound good!" And that about says it all!

(Please note that the soundtrack can be purchased separately on CD. It has proven to be a big hit at parties and sitting around the campfire this past summer. Get them both and crank 'em up, but don't forget the whiskey!)"
Who are these guys?
Tim Harkins | Southeastern US | 02/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You won't see anything like this for the rest of the year (or for several years to come) - guaranteed!

I didn't know who any of these musicians were before watching the DVD, but I sure as hell do now.

YES! If you at all like the blues, blues culture, or Blues in Mississippi, you will love this film and you should buy it.

It's actually interesting and funny at the same time, with great music built-in to every scene."