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M For Mississippi - A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues (2008)

James 'T-Model' Ford , Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes , Roger Stolle , Jeff Konkel  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James 'T-Model' Ford, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Robert 'Bilbo' Walker, Wesley 'Junebug' Jefferson, Terry 'Harmonica' Bean
  • Directors: Roger Stolle, Jeff Konkel, Damien Blaylock, Kari Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: M for Mississippi
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JIR3KC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "M For Mississippi - A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues" on IMDb

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Easily one of the best documentary films made about the blues in years. --Blues & Rhythm Magazine

M for Mississippi has to rank high among the most important blues events of [the year]. --Living Blues

Product Description

Blues Music Award and Living Blues Award winner. A week-long road-trip through the birthplace of the blues, M for Mississippi follows a handful of music fanatics on the road as they capture the proverbial 'real deal' in its home where it is most comfortable and authentic - the juke joints, house parties, front yards and cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. More than just a collection of concert performances, M for Mississippi collects the sounds, the images and the feel of both the performers and their native landscape. Features a dozen artists like T-Model Ford, Duck Holmes and more. NTSC all region, widescreen. 94 minutes plus bonus features including deleted & extended scenes, artist/filmmaker biographies, the original trailer, and 'behind-the-scenes' footage. Two CDs of the music from the film (and extra material) are also available.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues as you rarely hear them anymore February 3, 2010
By Henry
Format:DVD
I'm afraid that I completely disagree with the previous reviewer's negative take on this film. For starters, nowhere in the title of the DVD or its description does it say anything about "country blues," so to compare the artists in this film to Blind Willie McTell or Johnny Shines, both of whom I also love, is like comparing apples to oranges. The film was about the blues as it's currently played today in Mississippi, where a matter of a few miles can result in huge stylistic differences. Several of the musicians in the film weren't even from the Delta but from the hill country of northern Mississippi where a unique style of blues has flourished for many decades. It is characterized by its raw, stripped down, repetitve riffing which, in the hands of its best known practitioners, Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside, is almost hypnotic in its simplicity but to those unfamiliar with the style can sound sloppy and shambolic. Other musicians in the film may be past their prime but still offer insights into how and why they play the blues, which to me is worth seeing. I'll grant you that "Mr. Tater" had little to offer musically, but his appearance in the film is still worthwhile, as he is a regular fixture in Clarksdale and has the blues in his bones. My wife and I personally loved the performances of R.L. Boyce, Pat Thomas and (especially) L.C. Ulmer among others, but we like our blues rough and tumble. It's like the legendary Hound Dog Taylor used to say, "When I die, they'll say 'he couldn't play s***, but he sure made it sound good!" And that about says it all!

(Please note that the soundtrack can be purchased separately on CD. It has proven to be a big hit at parties and sitting around the campfire this past summer. Get them both and crank 'em up, but don't forget the whiskey!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mississippi The Blues Today January 17, 2009
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This DVD and accompanying CD from Roger Stolle of Cat Head and Jeff Konkell of Broke And Hungry Records, two young blues fans, captures perfectly the deep blues culture that exists in Mississippi today hidden from obvious view. The DVD allows you to see the Mississippi landscape and to witness the sheer quirkiness of the performing acoustic blues artists and the environment in which they live. There is brilliant music from T Model Ford, Pat Thomas, Robert Belfour, Terry 'Harmonica' Bean amongst many others. A rich and rewarding DVD showing a culture that still exists below the radar. This DVD gives you a glimpse of how the blues was in its early years in Mississippi-entertainment for neighborhood folks in simple rural lives. Highly recommended!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPPORT THE HOME OF THE BLUES November 22, 2008
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This an excellent film of the blues today in Mississippi--a group of blues fans spending a week in April 2008 getting together at the homes and jukejoints of the Delta,listening to the state of the blues today.
The film is well made,split screens and a mixture of color and b/w,sound is excellent.The stories and performances of the featured musicians are the basis of the film,some real characters here.
Bonus features are excellent,extended performances and deleted scenes.
"T-Model"Ford is excellent,performs a Chuck Berry tune without the vocal, because Chucks attorney would not allow it--if the British groups of the 60's hadn't performed his songs where would Chuck be today--sing the songs, spread the word.
Great effort by everybody involved in this release,anybody interested in the blues and music history should watch this--there may not be many more opportunites to see and hear this wonderful music--all will be left with is the recordings and the Mississippi Blues Trail Markers, great as all that is, the blues is a live experience--support this release, and go down to Mississippi,it is a beautiful state,my few visits have always been great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M for Mississippi review July 12, 2009
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Great characters, well done. Great music with an incredibly good flow... A must add for the music library.
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