Sideman: Long Road To Glory Film portrays legendary blues sidemen
On some of the greatest Chicago Blues albums you will find their names on the backside of your record. Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie “big eyes” Smith were the backbone of the best blues bands around. They made history as sidemen alongside Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf in the 50s, 60s and 70s. and now these legends are featured in documentary film SIDEMEN – Long Road To Glory.
Legendary Sideman of Muddy and Wolf
In the documentary artist like Bonnie Riatt recall that Hubert Sumlin’, Pinetop Perkins and Willie Smith were actually too big to be called sidemen and she is right. All these guys recorded multiple records, received Grammy awards, were inducted into the Rock nd Roll hall of fame and played the blues over more than sixty years. But it is amazing to see that their is a movie dedicated to not the blues bandleaders but the backing bandmembers.
Trailer Blues Documentary THE SIDEMAN
According to IMDB The Sideman movie gives is an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011.
The Sideman documentary by Scott D. Rosenbaum
Featured in Documentary Sideman: Long Road to Glory
In the documentary you will see the historic live shows of the days alongside Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. They are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary sidemen inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter.
Watch and reed more about Sideman: Long Road To Glory on the film website
Photo Credit:By Carl Lender (originally posted to Flickr as Pinetop Perkins) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons