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Blues Houseparty: Music, Dance and Stories by Masters of the Piedmont Blues

Film by Eleanor Ellis
Produced by Eleanor Ellis
Cinematographer: Jackson Frost
Sound: Zach Krieger, J.P. Whiteside
Editing: Eleanor Ellis
Copyright: 1989, Houseparty Productions
57 minutes, Color
Original format: Betacam SP, 1989
Distributor: Eleanor Ellis
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Some of America's greatest traditional blues masters get together at home to swap songs from the old days and stories of waht those days were like, when blues flourished 'back down home' at country breakdowns, corn-shuckings and houseparties. These musicians and their friends create the lively spirit of houseparty blues, while conveying the values, the history, the good and bad times, and the sense of community that gave form to their music and dance (Blurb by Dick Spottswood)

Featuring: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins, Archie Edwards, John Jackson, James Jackson, Cora Jackson, Flora Molton, Larry Wise, John Dee Holeman, and Quentin 'Fris' Holloway.

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Producer Eleanor Ellis offers Piedmont blues fans a rare front-row seat to a private house party that is as down home and authentic as they come on this 57-minute DVD Blues Houseparty. Filmed in 1989 at the late John Jackson's home in Fairfax Station, Virginia, Blues Houseparty includes performances by Jackson and his son James, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Archie Edwards, Cora Jackson, Flora Molton and Larry Wise, John Dee Holeman, and Quentin "Fris" Holloway. Between songs, performers talk about the history of country breakdowns, demonstrate traditional dances and swap hilarious stories. The atmosphere is natural and relaxed. The audio and video quality are good. One small criticism: Performers could have been identified earlier in the film. But that's a small price to pay for admission to this rip-roarin' good time.
--- Michael Swanger, Dirty Linen

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