Sam Lay, the blues living legend and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, receives a phenomenal tribute in his documentary, "Sam Lay in Bluesland."
Produced by Starr Sutherland, directed by John Anderson, and executive produced by Michael Prussian, the original film unfolds against a backdrop of the troubled, racially turbulent 1960s, as Sam's singular life and career is chronicled through his own words, music, and dozens of one-of-a-kind clips from 16mm footage Sam shot while playing decades of gigs that have never been shown in public prior to this film.
Recognized as much for his signature double-shuffle beat as for his sartorial style — his capes, crowns, canes, and cowbells are the stuff of legend. Sam, who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday, has played a key role in the evolution of the blues for almost 60 years. A free spirit whose musical innovation, unmistakable groove, and explosive power helped create the blueprint for Chicago blues, Sam has earned his place in the Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. He continues to write, record, and perform today.
The documentary features appearances by music greats such as Iggy Pop, Corky Siegel, Elvin Bishop, and his late contemporary James Cotton, who passed just last week. The film also features new performances by The Sam Lay Blues Band, The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, and Sam Lay & Corky Siegel.
The film is set to premiere on April 6, on Chicago's PBS member television station, WTTW HD, at 10 pm CDT; it will air again on WTTW Prime on April 7, 2017 at 4 pm CDT.
Check out the trailer for "Sam Lay in Bluesland" below: