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Scott D. Rosenbaum's celebratory music documentary pays tribute to three influential bluesmen.

By turns festive and elegiac, and sometimes both at the same time, Scott D. Rosenbaum’s “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” celebrates three blues greats — pianist Pinetop Perkins, guitarist Hubert Sumlin and drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith — who made their mark performing with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Mud...

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.”

With almost 200 years of gigging among them, piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin would have shared a legacy confined to the liner notes of old Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf album...

The next time you hear a debate on who should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, be sure to bring up the name of Hubert Sumlin.

As pointed out in the new documentary “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” (which opens Friday), the Delta blues guitarist isn’t a household name. But his dynamic playing is so revered that more than a dozen previous HOF inductees, including Eric Clapton, Elvis Cost...

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 Review: Once Simply ‘Sidemen,’ Now They’re the Stars

All rock ’n’ roll roads lead back to the blues. And if “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” is to be believed, most of those highways converge on three bluesmen in particular: the drummer Willie Smith, the guitarist Hubert Sumlin and the pianist Joe Willie Perkins, known as Pinetop.

The bluesman Joe Willie Perkins, known as Pinetop, in a new...

Scott Rosenbaum's documentary profiles legendary blues musicians Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

Scott Rosenbaum’s documentary profiling three legendary blues musicians arrives too late. The film chronicles the lives and careers of Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who all passed away in 2011. That, as well as the onscreen interviews with deceas...

If you’re a fan of modern music, you’re a fan of the blues.

You may not know it yourself, but trust me. Pretty much all modern music (yes, even the likes of Katy Perry) owe a debt to folks like Lead Belly and Son House. It’s called “roots music” for a reason, after all. I’d go even further and call it “patient zero.”

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory details the lives and art of three musicians who helped...

The forces that have changed musical history haven’t always been in the spotlight. The players who have laid down the groove for others to shine, or provided undersung support to legendary artists don’t always get top billing, but in the upcoming documentary “Sidemen: Long Road To Glory,” they get their well deserved moment of glory.

Narrated by Marc Maron, and directed by Scott Rosenbaum, the film...

Abramorama has acquired blues documentaries “Sidemen: Long Road To Glory” and “Two Trains Runnin'” for theatrical release in August.

Abramorama has become a specialist in handling long-form music documentaries, including Amir Bar-Lev’s “Long Strange Trip,” John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane” and Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years.” Earlier this year, the company announce...

Abramorama has acquired rights to to blues-music-driven documentaries: Scott Rosenbaum’s Sidemen: Long Road To Glory and Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’. Both will get August theatrical releases.

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Sidemen, narrated by Marc Maron and featuring the late Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, the Door...

Sidemen, by the very nature of the job description, rarely get the type of attention and acclaim heaped upon the bandleader. All sidemen, however, are not created equal.

 

And guitarist Hubert Sumlin, drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and pianist Pinetop Perkins -- the three subjects of documentary film "Sidemen: Long Road to Glory" -- are certainly worthy of much celebration.

"There wouldn't be any ro...

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