Howdy folks,

I couldn't figure out which group to post this question in, so thought y'all might help with this question.

Other than the movie "Honeydripper", what are some other movies that have been made about Blues Guitar players?

kieta

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Crossroads and Cadillac Records come to mind

Crossroads is the best (the Ralph Macchio one, NOT the Britney Spears one!) that comes to my mind.  I thought Cadillac Records was more about Motown?, but truth is I've never seen it.

In the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, blues guitarist Chris Thomas King plays the character Tommy Johnson, who hooks up with the group of escaped convicts. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says of King, "Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was born in 1962. His father, Tabby Thomas is a well-respected blues musician and owner of the famed Baton Rouge blues club Tabby's Blues Box and Heritage Hall.

He grew up among the finest blues musicians in the genre at his father's blues club and began touring with artists like Buddy Guy and B. B. King in his teens. His music was not only influenced by the blues, but by early hip-hop and country music, styles he fuses to create his own unique sound.

He writes, arranges, sings and plays all instruments on most of his recordings and produces them as well in his New Orleans recording studio. Chris is the most successful blues musician of his generation having sold more than ten million records in the United States.

As an entrepreneur, Chris took control of his master recordings in the early 1900s, founding the New Orleans record company 21st Century Blues Records to promote a more authentic image and sound than was promoted at most corporate record labels at the time. He coined and trademarked the phrase "21st. Century Blues" in 1993.

He owns and manages his own recording studio, 21st. Century Blues Studios, where he produces not only his own music but music for motion pictures."

Thanks for the info, amigo....I just bought it off of eBay.

kieta

I just took the jump!

Went to eBay and bought these DVDs;

Crossroads (with Karate-kid guy in it), Cadillac Records, and Oh Brother Where Art Thou.

Also bought the CD of music inspired by the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.

Those , along with Honeydripper ought to keep me busy.

After I watch them, I'll report back to y'all.

Thanks for all the help fellas....

kieta

Here is my feedback on those "Blues Guitar Movies", as well as the order I would watch them:
1. - Most believable and best acting, with lots of Blues Guitar playing = Cadillac Records
2. - Fun movie, some good Blues Guitar playing = Honeydripper
3. - Interesting movie, some good Blues Guitar playing, but star of the movie (Ralph Karate Kid) just tries too hard = Crossroads
4. - Took several days to finish this movie....just kept losing interest....but yes, the last 20 minutes, or so, of the movie are the best.

Thank you all for your suggestions....I am glad I watched them.

kieta

Of course I'm biased, but Honeydripper is up there.  Here's director John Sayles talking about the character Sonny (Gary Clark Jr) and the guitars I created for the film.


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But if you want something gritty and dirty with some kickass blues, check out Black Snake Moan with Samuel L Jackson:

In rural Mississippi, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection.

The trailer

This is raw blues from the flick

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Yesseree Ted, I indeed had read that you were the luthier for that 'git' in the movie HoneyDripper.  You deserve a big CONGRATS for that....well deserved considering the fine CBG's that you pump out on a consistent basis.  (And thank you for posting these vids....I had not seen them!)

Question for you....how did Hollywood find you way down in FL, i.e. had did you land that contract for the 'git' that you constructed fro the movie?

kieta

There's the Alan Lomax classic The Land Where the Blues Began. http://www.folkstreams.net/film,109

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