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Deep Sea Blues

Deep Sea BluesDeep Sea Blues, documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge’s two-hour portrait of Roger Naber’s January 2007 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise to the Caribbean (nowadays considered to be the true “Woodstock of the Waves”) captured many of the seventy performances by fourteen artists.

The festival featured Blues performers Bobby Rush, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro, Otis Clay, Taj Mahal, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Commander Cody band, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Michael Burks, Deanna Bogurt, Ruthie Foster, Phantom Blues Band, Joey Gilmore, Mel Waiters, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Watermelon Slim, Mitch Woods, Earl Thomas, Leon Blue and Tasha Taylor. The commercial DVD of Mugge’s film is set for release October 6, 2009 on Micro Werks, distributed through the Infinity Entertainment Group. List price is $19.98.

Executive producer Roger Naber recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a promoter of Blues concerts and cruises. Multi Grammy Award winner Taj Mahal, who appears on Deep Sea Blues, says of the floating festival, “It’s not Disney World. It’s about people relaxing, enjoying themselves, and spending time with others who enjoy the same kind of music as they do. It’s amazing how people can really connect through the blues and R&B. Every year you can set your clock by it.”

The 2007 Blues Cruise to the Caribbean included daylong stops on the islands of St. John, St. Barths and Grand Turk, two of which featured additional concerts and a “Blues wedding” on the beach. The film is presented on the DVD with seven bonus performances: extended versions of songs by Tab Benoit, Otis Clay, Michael Burks and Joey Gilmore, plus additional songs by Duwayne Burnside, Murali Coryell and Jimbo Mathus.

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