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BONNIE BLUE: James Cotton's Life in the Blues


Independent Film Festival of Boston


World Premiere, Official Selection

Screening: Monday, May 2, Somerville Theater.

Tickets on sale via IFFB website starting April 14th.

See the Boston Globe review of the doc HERE

a feature documentary film by Bestor Cram
produced by

The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. and Northern Light Productions


James Henry Cotton, known as “Cotton” to his friends, was born in 1935 in Tunica, Mississippi. He became an American blues harmonica player, singer, songwriter and bandleader whose musical life evolved from southern Delta Blues, to Chicago harmonica blues and to the arena rock and roll and electric harmonica venues. In this emotionally evocative feature documentary film an intimate portrait reveals the untold story of a legend whose influence endures. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history -- from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicagoland’s era of brilliant artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. This musical journey unfolds in a joyful, thumping original film through an exploration of harp-based blues music and stories shared by some of the nation’s most respected musicians.





Also, check out the James Cotton Tribute archive HERE.


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The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from events will be distributed to eligible 501 (C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.

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