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Although this site mainly showcases acoustic singer-songwriters, here’s a little change of pace, two songs by Buffalo, NY, Hall-of-Famer MARK WINSICK and his fine band. The songs pretty much speak for themselves. Recorded live at Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY, on a wintry Wednesday night in January 2014.

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The Troubadour Blues Roadshow, a unique blend of film, poetry, acoustic songs and plugged-in rock & roll, visits three cities in Tennessee this month. The show features singer-songwriters RB Morris and Nancy Apple, roots-rockers the Tim Lee Three, and a special preview of the film Troubadour Blues (which will be on sale at all shows). We’ll be at the Pilot Light in Knoxville on Thursday, Oct. 10, the Family Wash in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 11 (with special guests Amelia White and Julie Christensen), and Kudzu’s in Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 12. Click the links for details.

Troubadour Blues Roadshow poster.

Hope to see you there! We’ll be undertaking similar mini-tours in other parts of the country over the fall and winter, with a rotating roster of great performers.

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You may not know this, but a film’s “star” rating on the IMDB database is an important factor for streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu, who use it to decide what films to license and for how long.

The process is simple and you don’t even need to have an IMDB account to do it. Simply go to the film’s IMDB page and click where it says “rate this film. Here’s a screen shot to help you.

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Mine is definitely the one with the longest title:

The Man with the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist GuitarBlue Guitar, for short.

I was with Peter the other night in Carrboro, NC, when he played, back-to-back, two of the 10 classic songs on that album — which has been in and out of print for a long time; I included the link to Amazon.com because they list used copies available. The lighting was just right, the sound was good and the crowd was small but appreciative.

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MVD Visual, a division of MVD Entertainment Group of Oaks, PA, has picked up North American distribution rights for Troubadour Blues on home video, download and streaming platforms. MVD is a family-owned company that got its start in the heyday of MTV, distributing music videos on VHS to the burgeoning video rental market — they are music people and will help get this documentary into appreciative hands.

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About the Film

Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. This is a story that needs to be heard. In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.

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