Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music

The blues is a celebration, joyful, complex, and compelling music built on self-expression and entertainment. This film explores the blues—-with all its poetic irony and sly humor, its eroticism and timeless power. "Bluesland" travels the expansive landscape of the music, tracing its roots from the beginning of the twentieth century through the Mississippi Delta to Louisiana, Texas, Kansas City, and Chicago. The film includes memorable footage of some of the blues’ greatest players--Son House, Bessie Smith, Jimmy Rushing, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker. A moving, authentic, and illustrative overview of the blues—-a must for all music lovers.

With Albert Murray and Robert Palmer

Hosted by Keith David

Produced by Toby Byron and Richard Saylor
Directed by Ken Mandel
Written by Ralph Meyers, Toby Byron, Ken Mandel

A coproduction of Toby Byron/Multiprises in association with Taurus Film, Munich, and VideoArts, Japan.