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Documentary 'Take Me to the River' explores Memphis' musical genres
Documentary 'Take Me to the River' explores Memphis' musical genres

The loose, worshipful documentary "Take Me to the River" sets out to celebrate Memphis as a musical nexus of genres — blues, country, soul, rock — by sitting in on the recording of an album bringing together the region's legendary headliners and session men with today's young, mostly hip-hop up-and-comers. Director Martin Shore and producer-blues guitarist Cody Dickinson are worshipful white dudes in thrall of the masters in their midst: R&B king Bobby Rush, Mavis Staples, guitarist Charles "Skip" Pitts, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Otis Redding crash survivor Ben Cauley and Charlie Musselwhite, among others. They're matched with the...

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