I was invited to a private screening of Take Me to the River at Lucas Film this weekend by director Martin Shore, whom I worked for in Sausalito during my senior year at USF. The documentary, which is about the Memphis music scene and the mentorship between legendary musicians and young artists, has been a passion project of Martin’s since 2011. I vividly remember seeing rough cuts of the film and hearing music blast from his office.
The documentary features original songs from Terrence Howard, Snopp Dogg, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, William Bell, Otis Clay, Frayser Boy, Bobby Rush, North Mississippi Allstars, and more.
The Q&A following the film featured Academy Award winning musician Frayser Boy, former Talking Head’s guitarist and producer Jerry Harrison, legendary singer-songwriter William Bell, producer Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, and Shore.