Friday, February 3, 2017

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory - A Direct Appeal For A Great Film

"Please support this and get behind it, its such a lovely heart-warming film about 3 humble blues legends, one of whom is the great Hubert Sumlin, a man whose fans included Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards Jeff Beck and lesser mortals like yours truly, anyone who could create the wonderful guitar lines to Killin' Floor and Smokestack Lightning with Howlin' Wolf is a 1000% genius in my book. Hubert created a whole style out of nothing. Support and crowdfunding are needed to give this commercial life, please get behind it, I've seen it, its fkn great!" ~ Bernie Tormé

I'm asking you all to contribute to the Sidemen: Long Road To Glory Kickstarter campaign. Here is who you will be joining. Without your contributions, we cannot bring this film, this tribute to Pinetop, Hubert, and Willie, to the public. I am asking you to join these folks:

Warren Haynes appears in the award winning blues documentary, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory, and he has also autographed a guitar to help raise money for the film's Kickstarter campaign. The movie's writer and director, Scott Rosenbaum put together a short piece featuring Haynes performing the Robert Petway 1941 blues classic, Catfish Blues. Since December 30, over 120,000 people have viewed this trailer which promotes the film and the fundraising effort. It's obvious that Warren Haynes supports the movie, and that his fans are watching this clip.

Bonnie Raitt also appears in the film, has donated product for the fundraiser's perks, has tweeted her support for the film, and she loves this movie.

Guitar wunderkind Robben Ford also is seen in the documentary, and has autographed a guitar for the film, as a way of showing his support. Another of the world's elite guitarists, Eric Johnson, sent me a very warm note of thanks after I had sent him the film when we met up in Sacramento last week. Tim Reynolds from Dave Matthews band appears in the film, and has also most graciously signed a guitar for the project.

Sidemen was also featured today as the official movie of The Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, where it played to a packed house.

Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea III, brought to you by Joe Bonamassa, the Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea Foundation, and Sixthman is featuring several screenings of Sidemen: Long Road To Glory, and the film will be available on demand in every stateroom for passengers's viewings. In addition, director Scott Rosenbaum will be standing in for Alan Paul (Guitar World, "One Way Out: The Inside History Of The Allman Brothers"), moderating live interviews with Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, and Jaimoe onboard the ship before live audiences.

Blues Music Magazine has graciously offered a year's subscription to any contributor to the movie's Kickstarter campaign, a kind and generous offer of support.

Jérome Brunet, one of the world's greatest photographers, has donated several great prints, and taken the time to attend screenings for the film at festivals.

So many great artists and friends have given to support this film. Now, I am asking you on behalf of myself and the Sidemen: Long Road To Glory team to give. We need your cash contributions to make this happen. It cannot happen without your help. We thanks everyone for their warm responses, and generosity.  

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