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Troubadour Blues (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 30 September 2011 (USA)
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Follow the paths of modern-day troubadours as they travel the lost highways of America, singing songs of love, longing, hope and redemption.


Tom Weber



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Credited cast:
Peter Case Peter Case ... Himself
Slaid Cleaves Slaid Cleaves ... Himself
Mark Erelli Mark Erelli ... Himself
Mary Gauthier Mary Gauthier ... Herself
Chris Smither Chris Smither ... Himself
Amy Speace ... Herself
Garrison Starr Garrison Starr ... Herself


Troubadour Blues is a journey into the world of well-traveled singer-songwriters in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, including Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Dave Alvin, Slaid Cleaves and many more. Filmmaker Tom Weber spent nearly 10 years gathering material for this feature-length documentary, which provides a revealing look at the heartbreaks and joys of these modern-day wandering minstrels. It features live performances of 40 original songs, such as Case's much-requested "Icewater" and "Entella Hotel," Gauthier's signature "Camelot Motel" and Smither's breathtaking rendition of "No Love Today." In revealing interviews, the artists discuss their craft and the state of the music business today. Written by Tom Weber

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30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Live performances for the film were all shot at real performances before paying audiences. Venues include McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA, Ashland Coffee & Tea in Ashland, VA, the Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD, and Hugh's Room in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See more »


Power and Glory
Written by Dave Carter
(David Robert Carter Music, admin. Tracy Grammer Music, BMI)
Performed by Tracy Grammer
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Glad we have this bit of history documented
15 April 2013 | by stiv0See all my reviews

The days of the troubadour may be numbered, but at least we have this fine document of the calling's modern incarnation. This is a tale lovingly and movingly told, with excellent insight into the life of those who follow the troubadour's muse.

For all the talk these days of how hard life is for a musician, how hard it is to make a living at music, one has to wonder the degree to which what is meant by such protestations is that it is hard to make a killing at it. This documentary does a wonderful job of showing how hard some musicians struggle just to get by, but regardless of the difficulty they are compelled to keep traveling, making music, playing in front of audiences, small though the audience numbers may be. In some ways this is a great antidote to commercial notions of stardom. The artists portrayed here are stars in their own right, and bring light and inspiration to others in important, intimate ways that cannot, and perhaps should not, be commercially mediated.

This film is a real treat, and I hope the filmmaker will follow up on it, perhaps even following up with the same artists some years down the road. And let's hope those artists receive enough encouragement, and compensation, to be making music still down that road.

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