“White, Black and Blues”: first look at Chicago blues doc

Album-paul-butterfield-blues-band As a native Chicagoan whose first blues album was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s 1965 debut, this writer has always been fascinated with the young white Windy City performers who took up the electric blues sound in the ’60s. These pathfinding musicians will finally see their story told in a new documentary feature, “White, Black and Blues”

Out the Box Records, home of the Chicago Blues Reunion, a band featuring several white blues veteranos, is bankrolling the feature by Tom Anderson, director of the Grammy-nominated long-form video “Brian Wilson Presents SMILE.” The picture promises to be the first in-depth look at the intersection of black blues titans like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and acolytes like the late harmonica player Butterfield and guitarist Mike Bloomfield. A large chunk of footage from the picture can be seen here.

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