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Video Review
Yellow Cat Productions, 27 minutes
This is a candid film about the Delta blues today. Filmed in a rough documentary style it features interviews, conversations and live music segments in and around Greenville, Mississippi in the fall of 1996. The delta blues performers featured include T. Model Ford, Farmer John Horton Sr. and his son John Horton Jr., and vocalist Tammy Gibson.

The film is raw both in its content and production which lends an air of authenticity to the music it portrays. It is also more commentary than documentary in nature, featuring some front porch style conversations with T. Model Ford and Farmer John. The modest production more accurately portrays a "snap shot" view of rural life and delta blues in the 1990ís than it does a thorough documentation of the time period. Some of the footage and content is as earthy as the delta dirt it takes place on.

The final portion of the film features segments from the 19th Annual Delta Blues Festival held each year in Greenville (this one from September 20-23, 1996). This was real grass roots blues held in a cotton field. There should be more of this type of documentation taking place around the country.

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Yellow Cat Productions
505 11th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

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