Various – Rhythm ‘n’ Bayous – A Road Map To Louisiana Music – DVD
A 2-hour film exploring the music of north and south Louisiana with performances by Kermit Ruffins, Hackberry Ramblers, Rosie Ledet, Dale Hawkins, Henry Butler, Claude King, Nathan Williams, Sister Pearlee Tolliver, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Henry Gray, Rod Bernard, Lil’ Brian, Dale & Grace, Po’ Henry & Tookie, La Famille Viator, Rev. Gerald Lewis, Ever Ready Gospel Singers, Easter Rock Church, Lil’ Alfred, Warren Storm, Buddy Flett and Kenny Bill Stinson.
1. New York Times - Stephen Holden
"To describe the recent films of the documentarian Robert Mugge as cultural reference books doesn't mean to imply that these explorations of the musical byways of Southern rural America are lacking in pungent musical sap. It's the careful balance between music and scholarship that lends Mr. Mugge's films a foundation of academic seriousness that flirts with dryness without becoming mired in trivia. Documents of a flourishing below-the-radar culture, often involving musicians who won't be around much longer, they are archival records as well as entertainments. For every obscure blues or folk musician shown performing in his films, there is usually an expert standing by to explain where this artist or group stands on the family tree of American vernacular music. Instead of concentrating on the trunk and larger branches, Mr. Mugge likes to examine the smaller branches and even the twigs.
"In his new film, RHYTHM 'N' BAYOUS, Mr. Mugge returns to the South (this time to Louisiana) to compile a singing dictionary of the state's roots music styles and assorted hybrids, from the blues to 'swamp pop' to the fusion of Cajun, Creole and rock 'n' roll known as zydeco. Part musical travelogue, part anthology, part archival document, RHYTHM 'N' BAYOUS is a rambling journey loosely divided into four sections. Begun as the official chronicle of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bus tour...it turns into a more informal, out-of-the-way journey to blues and zydeco clubs, gospel churches and radio stations, and musical family gatherings in backwater bayous. A number of the performances are as rough-hewn as the tiny clubs in which they are filmed. But RHYTHM 'N' BAYOUS is finally not about being polished. It's about the organic process by which a culture expresses itself though music and the hybrids that evolve naturally when these cultures begin to mingle. That, after all, is how rock 'n' roll was born."
2. Rovi - Mark Deming
Documentary filmmaker and American music aficionado Robert Mugge set out to document a "musical bus tour" through the state of Lousiana organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but once the trip was over, Mugge opted to stay on in Louisiana and investigate more of the state's remarkably diverse music scene. Rhythm 'n' Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music is the result of Mugge's journey. It features interviews and performances from pioneering Cajun musicians The Hackberry Ramblers, traditional jazz advocate Kermit Ruffins, swamp rock legend Warren Storm, early rock sensation Dale Hawkins, spiritual stars The Ever Ready Gospel Singers, zydeco favorites Nathan and the Zudeco Cha-Chas and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, and many others who span the boundaries of race, class, and age.
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