Sidemen: Long Road To Glory Documentary To Premiere At SXSW

(TeamRock Radio) The documentary Sidemen: Long Road To Glory is to receive its world premiere at the South By Southwest festival next month. The film focuses on the lives of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin - musicians who were sidemen with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf throughout their careers.

The Scott Rosenbaum-directed film features interviews with the trio, along with their final live performance together before their deaths in 2011 - including footage of Perkins and Smith's Grammy win for Best Traditional Blues Album in February the same year.

And Rosenbaum reveals the seeds for the documentary were sown while shooting his previous film The Perfect Age Of Rock 'N' Roll. The director exclusively tells TeamRock: "We had a scene where the main characters, Jason Ritter and Kevin Zegers, happened upon an old joint while on their journey along Route 66.

"I was aware of Sumlin, Perkins and Smith so we took a chance and wrote these names into the scene, unsure if that would ever materialise. But once we went to cast the film, their tour manager Hugh Southard pulled it all together for us and added Sugar Blue on harp and Robert Stroger on bass." Read more here.

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