Sidemen: Load Road to Glory
1h20m | Directed by Scott Rosenbaum | USA | Documentary | 2017
Narrated by Marc Maron and directed by Scott Rosenbaum, this documentary explores the legacy of blues musicians Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Hubert Sumlin, best known for their work as sidemen for Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. The film includes their last concerts and interviews before they passed away, and also celebrates their lives via accounts from the next generation of musicians who were inspired by the trio. (c) Abramorama
Mr. Rosenbaum and his producer Jasin Cadic shape a narrative of professional insecurity and personal resilience.
Jeannette Catsoulis | New York Times | Full review
Has the urgency of a fan who realizes that the indomitable spirit of American roots music resides in mortal musicians.
Serena Donadoni | Village Voice | Full review
The film should prove catnip to music lovers, especially blues fans.
Frank Scheck | Hollywood Reporter | Full review