Step It Up and Go

Saturday, 2011, April 9 - 8:00pm
5 E Edenton St
Raleigh, 27601

The first of this season's two film screenings is Step It Up & Go, a film about Carolina blues music directed by Glenn Hinson.

Nurtured in fields and factories and honed at house parties, Carolina blues music transcended hard times and today represents a proud tradition of African American creativity and artistic eloquence. Enjoy performances by and interviews with musicians Joe and Odell Thompson, Etta Baker, James "Guitar Slim" Stephens, and others in this film, which first aired on UNC-TV in 1997.

The name of the film comes from the name of an old Carolina blues standard, "Step It Up & Go," attributed to North Carolina's own Blind Boy Fuller (All Music Guide to the Blues). Carolina blues are characterized by the style in which the guitar is played. Notes in Carolina blues music are picked from the strings of the guitar, rather than strummed as in other blues styles. Carolina blues originated as dance music and was played and developed in private homes, town streets, tobacco fields, warehouses, and house parties.

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