Monday, October 13, 2008

M for Mississippi premieres in Clarksdale

From the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion, you are hereby humbly invited to check out my piece in the current Riverfront Times on the new documentary film M for Mississippi, which premiered this past weekend in Clarksdale, MS.

The film was produced by St. Louisan Jeff Konkel, the man behind the country blues label Broke and Hungry Records, and former St. Louisan Roger Stolle, who now lives in Clarksdale and runs Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art. It chronicles a week-long road trip through Missisippi hill country, during which Konkel and Stolle interview and record performances from a dozen bluesmen, each offering their own idiosyncratic personal take on the music. You can read my article about M for Mississippi online here, check out the film's official site here, and view a trailer in the embedded video window below.

(And in case you can't tell from reading my piece, I heartily recommend M for Missisippi to anyone with an interest in the blues, travel films or documentaries in general. It's a well-done, entertaining film, certainly worth the investment of time if there's a screening near you, and it's also available for purchase on DVD.)

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