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I Am The Blues DVD

Bobby Rush plays Tout Guide through the Delta

I Am the Blues takes you through a journey of the Delta, giving you a taste of yesteryear. Your tour guide is none other than Ambassador of the Blues, Bobby Rush. Bobby take us on a tour through Mississippi juke joints, music venues, BBQ and Moonshine and Louisiana Bayou.

Bobby  brings out some of the legends of the Delta who are now in their 80s and still playing blues with the energy of 20-year-olds. The blues never gets old. Each blues musician has a story. Barbra Lynn, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer and Buck Sinegal are featured in this documentary. All of these musicians are national treasures and should be explored. I have been lucky enough to travel through the Delta and have seen most of the blues artists—as matter of fact, I just got to see RL Boyce in New York just a few days ago. The film does a great job of showing the interplay between the musicians and the joy of playing the blues first hand. I Am the Blues portrays the blues in a real and almost raw way, a must for all music fans. This DVD has done its part in saving American Music.

—Arnie Goodman

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