Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Washington DC Hospital Blues" Video

Washington DC Hospital Blues
Written by SKIP JAMES

My music has always been infused with the blues ...so when Wim Wenders called and asked me to sing a Skip James song for his wonderful movie "SOUL OF A MAN", I jumped at the chance. Reggae, Rock, Soul, R & B, Folk, Jazz are a few of the styles I love, but the blues is in everything, and you can't run away from the blues!
All the Best,
Garland Jeffreys

"Soul of a Man" written and directed by Wim Wenders.

Director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club; Wings of Desire; Paris, Texas ) explores the lives of his favorite blues artists — Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir — in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these artists' lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Garland Jeffreys, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Los Lobos, and others. Says Wenders: "These songs meant the world to me. I felt there was more truth in them than in any book I had read about America, or in any movie I had ever seen. I've tried to describe, more like a poem than in a 'documentary,' what moved me so much in their songs and voices."

Performances in The Soul of a Man
Garland Jeffreys
T-Bone Burnett
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Eagle-Eye Cherry
Shemekia Copeland
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Skip James *
Chris Thomas King
J.B. Lenoir *
Los Lobos
John Mayall *
Bonnie Raitt
Lou Reed
Vernon Reid
Marc Ribot
James "Blood" Ulmer
Lucinda Williams
Cassandra Wilson

*indicates archival performance

Skip James: Keith B. Brown
Blind Willie Johnson: Chris Thomas King

1 comment:

Mari-Lou Rowley said...

Garland, was listening to "Don't Call Me Buckwheat" on the way to the hospital today to see my Dad, a good man who succumbed to prescription drug overdose and contraindications. But it looks like he's finding his way back. Thanks for your wonderful music.