Buskirk-Chumley Theater


6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes


General Admission

The Blues Under the Skin

Event Venue Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Category: FilmFilm
Category: MusicMusic
Tue, Jul 23, 2024
7 pm

Featuring: Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Furry Lewis, Mance Lipscomb, Brownie McGhee, Amelia Cortez, Jimmy Streeter, Roosevelt Sykes, Sonny Terry, Junior Wells, Bukka White, and Robert Pete Williams

The film, The Blues Under The Skin is a thrilling rediscovery, an untapped treasury of musical performances that not only captures a vanishing musical form, but offers a priceless glimpse of Black life in the rural South in the 1970s.

In the early 1970s, during a resurgence of interest in the Delta blues, music documentarian Roviros Manthoulis traveled to the Mississippi Delta to capture on film the remnants of the authentic American blues. Traveling throughout the deep South, Manthoulis filmed candid interviews and intimate performances by such legends B.B. KingBuddy GuySonny Terry & Brownie McGheeMance LipscombBukka White, and Roosevelt Sykes. His objective was to not only document the music but also penetrate the surface of the blues and explore the emotional and sociopolitical factors that make it such an expressive and haunting musical form.

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, the film dramatizes the tumultuous relationship of a young couple (Onike Lee and Roland Sanchez) as they struggle to overcome the barriers of poverty and prejudice that keep them from finding happiness together.

The Blues Under The Skin has never been commercially distributed in the United States, and to date has only enjoyed a handful of screenings in the 50 years since its completion. This 2K restoration represents the proper U.S. premiere of the film.

Film Not Rated.

Featured Songs (in order of performance):
“Let Your Hammer Ring” — Traditional, performed by Mack Maze, James Adams, Jr., Joseph Johnson, Robert Anderson, Roger Chambers, and John W. Allen
“We’ll Understand It Better By and By” — written by Donald T. Marsh, performed by gospel cast
“Old Gal On My Door” — written and performed by Robert Pete Williams
“All Night Long” — written and performed by Mance Lipscomb
“John Henry” — Traditional, performed by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
“Someday Sweetheart” — by John C. Spikes and Ben Spikes, performed by Amelia Cortez
“Glory Glory (When I Lay My Burden Down)” Traditional, performed by Furry Lewis
“Runnin’ the Boogie” — written and performed by Roosevelt Sykes
“Ships on the Ocean” performed by Junior Wells and Buddy Guy
“Tell Me What’s Inside of You” written and performed Buddy Guy
“Down Now” — written and performed by B.B. King
“Jelly Roll Workin’ Man” — written and performed by Bukka White
“Just a Little Bit of Love” — written and performed B.B. King
“It’s a Low Down Dirty Shame” — by Big Bill Broonzy, performed by performed by Jimmy Streeter
“What Make Grandpa Love My Grandma So” — by Jimmy Lee Williams, performed by Jimmy Streeter
“My Baby Done Changed the Lock on That Door” — performed by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee