Here’s some Blues for the weekend:
You See Me Laughin’ is a personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the hill country bluesmen who’ve kept their music alive on the back porches and in the tiny juke joints of the Mississippi backwoods.
This documentary is a must-see for blues fans world-wide. It features many blues artists who would remain virtually unknown outside of their rural areas were it not for the efforts of the good folks at Fat Possum Records. The artists featured include D.L. Burnside, T-model Ford, Asie Payton and others. Pop stars Bono and Iggy Pop make comments about the artists and the genre. This documentary clearly shows that the blues musicians featured have truly “paid their dues”. Unfortunately some of them have since passed away. This well-produced documentary keeps their music alive for others to appreciate.
Bonus: Here’s a great site dedicated to R.L. Burnside, another legendary Mississippi Delta Blues player who passed away in 2005.