Directed by Daniel Cross. 2015. USA, Canada. Color. 106 min.
“When the music takes flight, it’s a thing of beauty. Heartache never sounded so good.”
— National Post
I am the Blues takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil' Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
“Director Daniel Cross goes deep into the Deep South blues scene with this terrific documentary…One of the most striking aspects of the film is how beautifully shot it often is.”
— Robert Whitehead, Vulture Hound
“For his latest documentary, I Am the Blues, Canadian filmmaker Daniel Cross travels down to Bayou country for a look at one of the most influential styles of music in history…Cross wisely shows reverence to the music, and in some of the film’s best moments I Am the Blues plays like a concert film taking place in natural environments instead of concert halls and arenas... The music and personalities in I Am the Blues are enthralling, making it well worth seeking out.”
— Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene