M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birth of the Blues will have its worldwide premiere on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Delta Cinema at #11 Third Street in downtown Clarksdale, Miss. The film follows blues producers - Roger Stolle of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art and Jeff Konkel of Broke & Hungry Records - on a weeklong journey across Mississippi visiting a dozen of the state’s most fascinating blues figures.
"We planned this road-trip movie for two years," said Stolle. "We avoided big concert stages and rock-star narrators in favor of intimate houseparties and rockin' Delta juke joints."
The premiere screening of the 94-minute film will be both preceded and followed by live music from artists featured in the film. Blues guitarist Bill Abel and 81-year-old harmonica player "Cadillac" John Nolden will perform a brief set at the Delta Cinema at 6 p.m., prior to the film's inaugural showing. After the 6:45 pm screening, the action heads down the street to the world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club where the line up will include T-Model Ford, Robert "Bilbo" Walker and Wesley "Junebug" Jefferson.
"We aimed to capture the essence of the Delta's blues survivors and show why the blues simply had to come from a place like Mississippi," explained Konkel.
The film is being released on DVD this fall along with a companion CD soundtrack. Pre-orders are being accepted through the film’s official Web site at www.mformississippi.com. Items pre-ordered through the Web site are expected to ship by mid-October. A larger international rollout will follow with the DVD and CD soundtrack expected in stores beginning November 18. The DVD's bonus features include deleted/extended scenes, closed captioning, behind the scenes footage and more.