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Sidemen: Long Road to Glory provides an intimate look into the incredible lives of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen, piano player Pinetop Perki ns, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. These legendary bluesmen, who performed and recorded into their 80's and 90's, played a significant role in shaping modern popular mus ic. The film features some of the last interviews conducted with all three men as well as their final live performances together. These memorable live performances, vividly capture these blues legends with t he blues and rock stars they have inspired including, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Elvin Bishop (recent rock ‘n ’Roll Hall inductee with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band), and Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band. Personal insights from artists such as, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter offer heartfelt accounts of how these three legendary sidemen helped shape their careers aswell as rock ‘n ’roll.
Sidemen takes us on the road with Pinetop, Willie and Hubert, three of our last direct links to the origins of the blues, as they share the incredible stories about each of their personal histories. From their upbringings on Delta plantations of the Jim Crow south to lives s pent on the road in the shadow of two of the biggest figures in music history, their stories are not only a part of music history, but American history as well. As we ride along, we can’t help but fall in love with these three endearing men as we experience all the trials and triumphs of these remarkable lives.
"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." - Los Angeles Times
"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." - Variety
"The film should prove catnip to music lovers, especially blues fans." - Hollywood Reporter
"Has the urgency of a fan who realizes that the indomitable spirit of American roots music resides in mortal musicians." - Village Voice