Legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield was a white, teen-age harmonica player who grew up on Chicago’s south side where he learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters became Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.
“Paul was an incredible creative spirit and always kept stretching. As deep as he would go into the roots, he was always pushing the envelope of what blues can be.” – Bonnie Raitt
His interracial band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The band’s first LP, released in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.Through his music and words, along with first‐hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the story of a man many call the greatest blues harmonica player of all time. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 making him one of a handful of musicians inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame, alongside other legendary artists including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Billie Holiday and Eric Clapton. The film features Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Bob Dylan and many more.
(US / 2018 / Directed by John Anderson )
unrated / 95 mins