Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (2017)

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Narrated by Marc Maron and directed by Scott Rosenbaum, this documentary explores the legacy of blues musicians Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Hubert Sumlin, best known for their work as sidemen for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. The film includes their last concerts and interviews before they passed away, and also celebrates their lives via accounts from the next generation of musicians who were inspired by the trio.

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The subjects are worthy of praise and "Sidemen" gives them their shine. As Perkins says when picking up his first Grammy at age 97, "better late than never."

Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A kind of blues song in its own right, Sidemen: Long Road to Glory is an affectionate attempt to showcase three major figures in the development of Chicago blues.

Aug 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Three influential Delta bluesmen are affectionately given their long overdue time in the spotlight in Scott Rosenbaum's fittingly soulful "Sidemen: Long Road to Glory."

Aug 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Sidemen" is an exceptionally entertaining and captivating tribute to the men and their music - and there's more than enough of said music here to please blues aficionados and recruit converts.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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Mr. Rosenbaum and his producer Jasin Cadic shape a narrative of professional insecurity and personal resilience.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

The film should prove catnip to music lovers, especially blues fans.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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