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I Am The Blues

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country.

As one of the many ageing musicians we meet in I Am The Blues says, ‘There’s always a story behind the song.’ 

One of several 'character' posters for the movie I Am The BluesDirector Daniel Cross takes us on a musical tour of the juke joints of the Chitlin’ Circuit, into churches, and onto the front lawns of his subjects, getting them to open up about the old days and, more importantly, show that they still have the chops. Nobody is actually doing great, but they are alive and able to play the music they love, and that seems to be enough for all of them.

For many, music is where the truth resides and Cross has expertly removed himself from the proceedings enough to allow the performances to feel organic and in some cases truly heartbreaking. I Am The Blues does everything in its power to prove to us that it’s not necessarily the blues that needs to be remembered, but rather the many people that have come to define it.

– Derek Deskins, Next Projection

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