The man some call “the greatest drummer of all time” is mostly recognized for his signature double-shuffle beat—but is almost as famous for the capes, crowns, canes and cowbells that are the stuff of his legend. Sam Lay has played a key role in the evolution of blues music for almost 60 years; he was on drums when Bob Dylan went electric at Newport, was a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and spent decades in the studio and on the road with blues greats such as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and James Cotton. And, at 80 years old, Lay is still an active part of the Chicago blues scene. Anderson tells this remarkable story through Lay’s own words, music, and home movies, and features interviews with past bandmates including Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and James Cotton.
Appears in: 33rd Reel Music Festival
Genres: Music, Documentary
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BORN IN CHICAGO chronicles a uniquely musical passing of the torch as it tells two interlocking stories. First, how white, middle-class kids—among them Michael Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Steve Miller—ventured deep into smoky South Side nightclubs in the 1960s to learn the music of and forge bonds with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, …