Memphis Music Legends Mentor the Next Generation in the New Documentary "Take Me to the River"

Sep 9, 2014

Filmmaker Cody Dickinson and producer Boo Mitchell discuss their new Memphis music documentary, "Take Me to the River," featuring a star-studded cast of legendary musicians.

Cody Dickinson, of The North Mississippi All-Stars, and son of famed musician and producer Jim Dickinson, realized he had to do something when he lost his father, and saw a succession of Memphis music legends pass away.

He wanted to honor other musicians who put Memphis on the musical map, so he teamed up with music and film producer Martin Shore to spearhead the documentary "Take Me to the River."

He also enlisted Boo Mitchell, son of Willie Mitchell, legendary owner of Royal Studios and Hi Records, to produce some of the musical segments. The film captures the recording of a new album featuring Memphis and Mississippi Delta music legends mentoring and collaborating with the young artists of today. 

"Take Me to the River" celebrates the inter-generational and interracial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. 

The film follows the creative process of William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, and The North Mississippi All Stars as they embark on the recording of an historic new album.

"Take Me to the River" premieres in Memphis Friday, Sept. 12 at Malco's Paradiso Theatre. The soundtrack album is in stores now.

Listen to the above interview for an interview with Cody Dickinson and Boo Mitchell.