Trailer: How They Got Over – Gospel Quartets


A new feature length documentary about the African-American quartets who traveled the back roads of the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s creating a hard gospel sound and vigorous performing style that foreshadowed doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul and Motown. With the Dixie Hummingbirds, Blinds Boys of Alabama and Mississippi, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Soul Stirrers, Fairfield Four, Sensational Nightingales, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Highway QCs and more.

HOW THEY GOT OVER Trailer from Robert Clem on Vimeo.

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Eastside Kings Festival, Austin, Texas : September 11th & 12th: Plus Great Free Fundraiser.

13087203_878796488895993_1886156735808756039_oThe line up for this years Eastside Kings Festival produced by Eddie Stout will take place on September 11th & 12th in Austin, Texas. The festival has some fantastic blues and R&B artists including Bobby ‘How Do You Spell Love’ Patterson; Barbara Lynn, Jewel Brown (check out her new album ‘Roller Coaster Boogie) in Dynaflow Records; Blues Boy Hubbard; Major Burkes; Ray Reed, Orange Jefferson; Birdlegg; (all featured in Blues & Rhythm Magazine) Carl Weathersby; R&B legends Curley Mays & Classie Ballou plus many more.

You can see these great artists as follows: (Wristbands  $10)

D Soul Review: House Band: Disciples with Hash Brown
8:00-8:45 Greg Smith
9:00-9:45 ‘Da Captain’ Watson
10:00-10:45 Ernie Johnson
11:00-12:00 Bobby Patterson

House Band: The Texas Horns
5:30-6:15 Barbara Lynn
6:25-7:10 Diunna Greenleaf
7:30-8:30 Jewel Brown

House band: Bill Campbell bass, PeeWee Stephens piano, Charles, ‘W.C.’ Clark,
and Blues Boy Hubbard.
8:00-9:00 Keith Dunn
9:30-10:30 Big Pete Pearson Duck and Blocker
11:00-12:15 Major Burkes with the Texas Horns

House Band: Ray Reed
7:00-7:30 Orange Jefferson
7:30-8:00 TT Brown
8:30- 9:30 Birdlegg
10:00-10:30 Brown Sugar
10:30-11:00 Jabo

House Band, Mike Keller, Nico Leophonte, Jason bass
8:00-9:00  Carl Weathersby
9:30-10:30 Bobby Gilmore
11:00-12:00 Curly Mays & Classic Ballou

7:30-8:30 Trinity Newby with Hot Attacks
9:00-10:00 Hot Attacks
10:30-11:30 E. J. Mathews band

6:30-7:30 Darius Jackson
8:00-9:10 Jackie Venson band

House Band: Port Arthur Blues Kings
5:30-6:30 Mrs. Candy
6:45-7:45 Ginger Barber

There is also a fundraiser at Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Road Austin, Texas – June 25th, from 1:00pm to  ­ 11:00pm. Free to the public. Line up is as follows:

1:00 ­ 2:00   Hot Attacks
2:20 ­ 3:20   Jai Malano
3:40 ­ 4:40   E.J. Mathews
5:00 ­ 6:00   Andrea Dawson
6:20 ­ 8:40   Soul Supporters
9:00 ­ 11:00  Eastside Kings with
Bobby Gilmore, Da Captain, Soul Man Sam, Birdlegg
Orange Jefferson, Jabo, Mac MacItosh

There will be $2.00 Raffle tickets for a Fender Stratocaster signed by Jimmie Vaughan.

Drawing to be held June 25th at Moontower, you do not need to be present to win.

Buy tickets at Moontower 10212 Manchaca Rd, Austin, Texas or mail $2.per ticket to Eastside King Foundation, P.O.Box 684822, Austin, Texas. 78768, Eddie Stout will mail you back your tickets. Winning number will be posted on:

All proceeds to be donated to the Eastside Kings Foundation, a Nonprofit
organization to preserve African American Blues, Jazz and Gospel.
Tel: Eddie Stout on 512 228 8434

Thanks to: Moontower Saloon and Austin Vintage Guitars

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Arhoolie Records Go’s To Smithsonian

Since 1960  Arhoolie Records boss Chris Strachwitz has been one of the music world’s best known collectors and record producers of US music styles including blues, country, cajun music, Tex-Mex and and other music styles.

Since 1960, Arhoolie has released hundreds of albums and nowm aged 84, Chris has found a new home for Arhoolie Records – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, which has acquired the Arhoolie catalogue and will be adding more than 350 Arhoolie albums to its collection. In keeping with the longstanding policy at Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit label associated with the Smithsonian Institution, the catalogue is to be kept accessible in a variety of formats.

“Arhoolie changed American culture,” said Daniel Sheehy, the curator and director of Smithsonian Folkways. “The fact that we can play some role in keeping that legacy alive in the future is a dream scenario.”

The acquisition was made as a result of a donation from Laura and Ed Littlefield of the Sage Foundation; terms of the deal were not announced, but Strachwitz said that the Littlefields essentially bought the label and donated it to Smithsonian Folkways. A 40 percent share of the label was held by Tom Diamant, Chris’ longtime business partner.

Chris Strachwitz, born in Germany and arrived in the USA cafter World War II. In the 1950s, he joined the loose network of collectors and sleuths who tracked down and recorded blues musicians who had made their first recordings decades before.

Arhoolie’s first release was by Mance Lipscomb, a blues singer and guitarist, whom Chris and his fellow researcher Mack McCormick located in Texas.

Partly inspired by Folkways Records the label run by Mo Asch that released records by Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and the landmark 1952 “Anthology of American Folk Music,” Strachwitz took a scholarly approach to releasing records. Beside contemporary recordings Arhoolie released albums of rare blues discs, mostly from 78’s.

The Smithsonian acquired Folkways in 1987, a year after Asch’s death, and in an interview this week Strachwitz said that it was Asch who once gave him advice about setting up his legacy.

“It was the late Moe Asch of Folkways Records who told me, ‘Chris, when you kick the bucket you’ve got to think about what you’re going to with all your stuff,’” Mr. Strachwitz recalled.

Over the years, Chris has also built a voluminous collection of old records and other memorabilia like ethnic record label catalogues, pieces of which can be viewed on the website for the Arhoolie Foundation, a separate organization whose advisory board includes figures like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and T Bone Burnett.

That material is not included in the acquisition, nor, Chris said, are the music publishing rights that he controls.

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I Am The Blues – Trailer

I AM THE BLUES Trailer from EyeSteelFilm Distribution on Vimeo.

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Help Fund New Frank Zappa Documentary

Earlier this month, British actor and filmmaker Alex Winter took to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with a mission to raise $500,000 for the new documentary, ‘Who The Fuck Is Frank Zappa”.

Winters stated: “Frank Zappa is one of the strangest, most amazing and influential figures of our era, but his definitive story has never been told. Now, for the first time ever, the Zappas have given us complete, unrestricted access o the contents of Frank’s private vault and their full blessing and support to tell his story.

“But before we can finish telling Frank’s story, we have to catalog, save, digitize and preserve a vast archive of unreleased audio, video, images, documents and more. Together, we can save Frank’s vault. And when we do, we’ll have everything we need to finally answer the question: Who the fuck is Frank Zappa?”

“Others remember Zappa as a political thought leader who founded the Rock The Vote campaign, testified before congress against censorship regulations, helped reconstruct the cultural identity of Czechoslovakia after a civil revolution, and, rumor has it, entered presidential race in 1993, shortly before his life was taken by prostate cancer.”

Frank-Zappa-1The film will be the first ever all-access, fully-authorized documentary. Although the campaign is looking to raise $500,000, the true amount needed to finish the campaign is $3 million.

Winters commented:

“I’m not sure what we’ll find in the Vault, but for every $500K we raise – up to our full goal of $3MM – I promise to share, ideally, as much as an hour of new material, be that clips of interviews, concert audio, unreleased music, scraps of video… We have no idea what we’ll find in there, but we’re excited to share our journey of finding out!”

The crowd funding is set to close on April 8th.

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Blind Alfred Reed : Appalacian Visionary

DTD-48_630“Alfred Reed’s story is that of a man looking within to find a light by which to navigate the darkness within and without.” – Ted Olson

Dust-to-Digital are soon to release a compilation of recordings by the legendary Blind Alfred Reed. Born blind on June 15th, 1880, in Floyd County, Virginia, Alfred Reed grew up on a West Virginia farm. In the 1920s, when radio became available in his area, Alfred listened to and enjoyed performances by several of the era’s popular singers. Alfred would purchase songbooks and hymnbooks, and his wife Nettie would read the lyrics to him.

Because the songs he learned from others did not always express aspects of what he was thinking, feeling, and experiencing, Alfred felt compelled to compose his own songs, and he was exceptionally talented in this endeavor — a craftsman with many things to say.

Relying upon his talent to generate money for supporting his family, he played music on the streets of nearby towns, gave music lessons, performed at dances and various social and church gatherings, sold printed copies of his own lyrics, and, in 1927 and 1929, made the commercial recordings included on this set.

‘Appalacian Visionary’ CD in hardcover, with an 84-page book featuring extensive liner notes by Ted Olson.

Watch YouTube clip of Blind Alfred Reed’s ‘How Can A Poor Man Statnd Such Times And Live?’

Read about Ry Cooder covering Blind Alfred Reed’s ‘You Must Unload’ at a show in New York on November 15th, 2015:

Watch Bruce Springsteen perform Blind Alfred Reed’s ‘How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live’ in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Trailer for ‘Sidemen – Long Road To Glory’

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory Trailer from RED HAWK FILMS on Vimeo.

In the summer of 2008, a group of lbluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for an appearance in his feature film, ‘The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll’.  Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film’s critical subplot, the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the blues. 

During breaks in production, these bluesmen told their tales of a lifetime spent on the road.  First hand accounts of experiences with Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters along with Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones – which got the director’s creative wheels spinning.

When Pinetop, Hubert and Willie “Big Eyes,” along with Sugar Blue, Bob Stroger and Bob Margolin hit the road as ‘The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues Band’, Rosenbaum, along with producers Jasin Cadic, Tony Grazia and Joe White were determined to capture this important moment and fleeting history. Over the next three years they would follow these blues legends, shooting live performances, an historic Grammy win, dozens of intimate interviews, countless behind-the-scenes moments, and documenting their lives on the road.  Sadly, the 2011 deaths of Willie, Pinetop and Hubert altered the film’s initial ‘Last Waltz’ style vision; to capture these legends performing live versions of classic blues songs with the musicians they had so heavily influenced. Luckily, several of these performance pairings were filmed before their deaths.

Those treasured moments are complimented by over two dozen subsequent interviews with some of blues and rock’s biggest names, demonstrating the true impact and tremendous respect that these men engendered over the course of their long careers.Members of The Doors, The Allman Brothers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Aerosmith, The Dave Matthews Band, as well as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter, Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland share their personal and professional recollections of these men and the impact that they’ve had on their own careers.  When asked how they hoped to be remembered, Willie, Pinetop and Hubert consistently expressed their wish to be known for both having kept the blues alive and to serve as an inspiration for the younger generations of musicians.

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The Business Of Robert Johnson Fakery

The Business of robert Johnson Fakery

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Trailer: All Things Must Pass – Tower Records

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry.

In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But thats not the story. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic companys explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, RussSolomon.

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Restoration of Big Bill Broonzy album for vinyl reissue.

Amazing film of the restoration of a Big Bill Broonzy album from the 1950s for vinyl reissue. Music buffs are in for a treat!

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