I am the blues

Soon we won’t be able the music heard in the new documentary I am the blues. The blues musicians featured in the film are all seniors, and what they know about the blues is so valuable to the younger generations of music makers. I know next to nothing about blues, but that does not mean that I can’t recognize talent when I see it. The blues musicians in I am the blues are legends. All of them. Director Daniel Cross travels to places like the Louisiana Bayou, the Mississippi Delta or the Mississippi North Hill Country. He films them playing guitar or harmonica in their kitchen, front lawn, front porch. Musicians like Lazy Lester, RL Boyce, Henry Gray, and blues singer Carol Fran are happy to show us what they know. With her steel guitar Barbara Lynn is so funky, she probably invented the word. The central figures is Bobby Rush who seems to be traveling with the film crew. It is hard not to notice that those black entertainers are living in very poor conditions. We should not be so surprised, this is the South of the good old USA. But you hear no complaint from the musicians, as long as they have the music. One of the reasons to see I am the blues is the wonderful finger snapping music. You can’t get more real than that. I am the blues is aptly titled. The music legends featured in the film can proudly make that claim with their heads held way up high.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

I am the blues

Directed by:

Daniel Cross

Screenplay by:

Daniel Cross

106 min.

Rated Parental Guidance

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