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Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith were some of the greatest sidemen who ever lived. They played for lots of different bands, but they were known for backing Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Mostly in the case of Hubert, but all of them to an extent, every modern musician has been influenced by them. Sadly, not a single one of them is in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

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Pinetop Perkins in Sidemen - Long Road to Glory.

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"The blues had a baby and they named it rock n' roll," Muddy Waters once sang, both boasting his influence and blessing his musical offspring. And without a doubt he was right; the British Invasion that swept the music world in the 1960s and 1970s (and the American bands that followed) owed a massive debt to Waters and Howlin...

 

The SXSW premiere shines a light on some of the unheralded stars of the blues scene.

Oftentimes, the best and brightest of our musical talent never get to take center stage as an adoring crowd cheers them to glory. Some of the industry's most talented players happily occupy backstage roles, studio slots or, in the case of the subjects of Scott Rosenbaum's SXSW premiere "Sidemen - Long Road to Glor...

 

 

"People said, 'Pinetop, it looks like you ought to have plenty of money.' How you gonna have plenty of money when you a sideman? No way!" ~ Pinetop Perkins (July 7, 1913 - March 21, 2011)


SIDEMEN: Long Road To Glory opened this past week to unanimous rave reviews and acclaim at the SXSW Film festival, and while it is a great film, likely as good a musical documentary as you'll see released this...

 

 

‘Sidemen’ features the incredible photography of over 15 shooters that captured these legendary bluesmen over the course of their long careers. These three images of Pinetop, Willie and Hubert capture the film’s essence. | Credit: Photos by: Jerome Brunet and Sandro Miller

 

 

 

 

Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith were some of the greatest musicians to ever play the blues. Di...

 

 

Three of the blues’ most important backup players get the star treatment in “Sidemen – Long Road to Glory.”

 

AUSTIN – The most thoughtful line in “Sidemen – Long Road to Glory” comes from a person who’s burned through his share of brain cells.


“You had it all the time, pal. You just didn’t listen.”


That’s how Keith Richards sums up the Rolling Stones’ mission to repackage American blues music for...

 

 

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory (directed by Scott Rosenbaum)

The documentary slate at SXSW often has a music focus, and this year is no exception. There are plenty of music docs on the list this year with a Texas angle—including films about Austin’s Broken Spoke and the Austin City Limits television series—but Sidemen: Long Road To Glory tells a Texas tale with broad appeal. New York director Scott...

 

 

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

This documentary unravels the stories of three sidemen to the great Blues artists Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Directed by Scott Rosenbaum,  piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin are closely examined in this film, as we get to know who they are and the legacies that they left to the blues genre. This is a must see f...

SXSW returns this Friday, March 11, with approximately 140 features screening as part of the event’s film program, running through Saturday, March 19. Among these are nearly 60 documentaries, a slight reduction from last year’s record 68, appearing throughout many of the festival’s sections, highlighted below:

 

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Scott Rosenbaum’s SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY, a spotlight on the longtime members...

 

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory:  Bonnie Raitt and Joe Perry pay tribute to a trio of  legendary Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters’ sidemen— piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin— in a film that captures the bluesmen in their last performances before they all, eerily, died in 2011. (March 11)

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