Tuesday, March 22, 2005

House Burnin' Blues

Odetta can be scary. I never knew, but after seeing the brilliant blues doco Lightning in a Bottle (currently on at the Chauvel in Sydney) I sure won't be getting in her way. Yes, ma'am, whatever you say, ma'am. The film documents -- in a Last Waltz-esque way of interspersing the music with backstage shenanigans and comment -- a Radio City Music Hall concert of in 2003, marking the 100th anniversary of W.C Handy first hearing the blues, on a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi. It seems an odd date to mark, but I guess they didn't want to wait until 2012 or 2017 for the centenary of Handy's most influential work. Whatever, the array of talent is awesome. Let's just say when you've got Dr John noodling away quietly in the house band, you're pretty set for talent.

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