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This amiable documentary surveys small towns in Mississippi and Louisiana where aging blues musicians live and practice their art.
It will be warmly welcomed by lovers of music that hasn't had its rough edges sanded away.
Blues is mostly a spirited, rambling trip through the history of this American music, but that journey is under the cloud of a melancholy bleakness.
Mr. Rush is amiable company, quick with stories about playing for next to nothing in the 1950s and '60s.
Doesn't romanticize or overcomprehend, choosing instead to concentrate on life's non-choices.
It is as if as each musician tells his tale and strums his guitar that everything is ok again. The music is their release and all of the sadness comes out in the songs.
There's a palpable sense of camaraderie and shared history forged through decades of discrimination that still stings.
The music is ingrained in the landscape, and this movie takes us there.
Like dropping in on old friends, Daniel Cross' I Am the Blues casually celebrates iconic blues musicians. No authoritarian narration and no formal interviews intrude into this leisurely, perfect visit with elderly champions of the blues.
A blues fan's ultimate road trip through the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana bayous to see and hear the oldest living progenitors singing and playing in their home towns.
Engrossing, sympathetic documentary about Southern blues musicians takes the time to get to know its subjects.
If I learned anything new from this picture, it would have to do with the contradictory nature of what it means to "be the blues." The music both comes out of and is an antidote for suffering, and the result is often joyful and exultant.
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