Moonshine & Mojo Hands
The 10-episode web series was created by Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel, who previously teamed up on the award-winning blues documentaries M for Mississippi: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues and We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads. For the new project, the duo traveled Mississippi’s back roads in search of juke joints, house parties, barbecue, soul food, folk artists, moonshiners and — of course — the men who keep the this uniquely American music form alive in the land of its birth. The show will feature a wide range of musicians both celebrated and obscure. Featured artists include James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Jimbo Mathus, R.L. Boyce, Leo Bud Welch, Robert “Bilbo” Walker, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Lucious Spiller, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood and many more.
We Juke Up In Here!
We Juke Up In Here follows producers Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle as they explore what remains of Mississippi’s once-thriving juke joint culture. The film is told largely from the vantage point of Red Paden, proprietor of the legendary Red’s Lounge in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi. Paden, a true Delta character and jack-of-all-trades, has been running his blues and beer joint for more than 30 years – providing one of the region’s most reliable live blues venues and an authentic stage for a cavalcade of veteran blues performers, both legendary and obscure.Told through live music performances, character-driven interviews and rare on-camera blues experiences, viewers are taken below the surface of the quasi-legal world of real Delta jukes – while it’s still living and breathing. Mississippi’s juke joint culture may be at a crossroads, but as Red likes to say, “The Game’s for life . . . and that’s for damn sure!”We Juke Up In Here is a joint production of Broke & Hungry Records and Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art.
M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues
This timely road movie explores the thriving underbelly of a dying American art form in the land where it began – Mississippi. A weeklong journey through the birthplace of the blues, M for Mississippi captures the proverbial “real deal” in its home where it is most comfortable and authentic – the jukes, the front yards, the cotton fields. More than just a collection of concert performances, the film collects the sounds, the images and the feel of both the performers and their native landscape – an environment essential to their livelihoods and inseparable from their art. Cultivating the fertile ground between such landmark theatrical travelogues as Buena Vista Social Club and Deep Blues, M for Mississippi appeals to more than just the average blues fan. By showcasing such a fascinating foreign land so close to home, the filmmakers hope to inspire countless others to make their own road trips down Mississippi’s blue highways.
Filmmaker Damien Blaylock and producer Roger Stolle explore the life and blues of Mississippi-born Big George Brock in the DVD Hard Times. From his days picking cotton to his nights sitting in with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, Big George Brock has songs to sing and stories to tell about both the good times and the hard times. Filmed on location in St. Louis, Missouri, where he currently lives and around Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he grew up, this stirring musical portrait offers a window into a world rarely seen in the 21st century.