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Martin Shore, Frayser Boy, William Bell, Music Unites' Kirk Sells and guest artist Mr. Magnificent‘Take Me To The River’ is an award-winning full-length documentary film directed and produced by Martin Shore. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording an historic new album. ‘Take Me to The River’ features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.

The ‘Take Me To The River’ Education Initiative seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of history, culture, and the meaning of cross-generational and inter-racial collaboration. Through the program we bring the film directly to schools and share a screening, master classes, Q&A sessions and more, interacting directly with students, teachers and the community to bring history to life and foster a deeper understanding and respect for all cultures, genders and generations.

Bobby Rush Otis Clay Lawrence Boo Mitchell and William BellPartnering with Berklee College of Music, the initiative has created a comprehensive music curriculum that’s been utilized by Berklee City Music schools in 47 cities across the U.S. In addition, teacher trainings and interactive live events have been presented in New York City, Nashville, Compton, Valencia and many other cities, reaching hun- dreds of thousands of students and teachers. More live events and education sessions are planned for 2016.

The ‘Take Me To The River’ Educational Mission Statement:

  • To bring history to life and create a deeper understanding and relevance of civil rights, music history, and cross-generational collaboration.

  • To further appreciation of American culture that has inspired and influenced the world’s popular music.

  • To promote tolerance and respect for all people and cultures.

  • To ignite excitement about history, music and musical exploration.

  • To inspire students to explore and express their own musical creativity.


There were many musicians, filmmakers, producers and others involved in the production of the award-winning film Take Me To The River. Learn more about them below.

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