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This special evening of music and film offers a preview of segments from the upcoming film They All Stood Up: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers plus musical appearances by blues musicians James Montgomery, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines with special guest jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly.
They All Stood Up: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton, a film currently in production, is an emotionally evocative feature documentary that portrays the untold story of James “Superharp” Cotton, a legend whose musical influence shaped the Chicago Blues style having been mentored by the originators of the Delta blues tradition. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history — from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicago-land era of artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. Along the way he played with Muddy Waters, toured with Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield and opened for/sat in with the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Steve Miller, B.B. King & many more.