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Featured in the March issue of The Music & Sound Retailer

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Featured in the Music Unites newsletter.

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Featured in Berklee City Music’s February Newsletter

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Featured in the Mi2N newsletter.

Take Me To The River Director Martin Shore and Lee Whitmore of Berklee College of Music chat with Radio Memphis about the Take Me To The River Education Initiative.

Film Press

  • Take Me to the River is a broad cinematic opus that’s equal parts historical portrait, socio-political discourse, behind-the-scenes dissection of a session, and multi-generational celebration of achievement.”
    Nashville Scene
  • “(Take Me to the River) focuses on the legacy of Southern music by putting generations of musicians together in the recording studio and embracing the magical spirit of Memphis that still endures.”
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • “The rich musical legacy of the Mississippi Delta and Memphis is celebrated in Take Me to the River…a vibrant documentary about the making of an album of the same title. Glimpses of players teaching students from the Stax Music Academy are inspiring.”
    The New York Times
  • “The arrival of younger Memphis-born hip-hop acts, including preteen prodigy Lil P-Nut and “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” collaborator Frayser Boy, never overshadow the veterans. On the contrary, there’s something touching about the level of respect between the generations, never more pronounced than in Snoop Dogg’s camaraderie with Stax journeyman William Bell.”
  • Take Me to the RIver celebrates Memphis’ multiracial musical traditions….”
    Austin Chronicle
  • “In a way, I waited for Take Me to the River for over 50 years. Watching older blues men and younger rappers sharing tips, sharing songs, sharing affection and respect, brought tears to my eyes. It definitely made me think of these younger men in a new and deeper way. And every time, the music hit a sweetspot, my eyes teared up with joy I’d waited 50 years to experience.”
    – Peter Coyote, actor
  • “A MUST-SEE! More than a standard historical documentary, this film gets to the heart of MOVING MUSIC & CULTURE FORWARD by giving the viewer the inspired chance of watching a recording session undertaken by VETERANS with STUDENTS…LEGENDS with NEWCOMERS…BLACK & WHITE…R&B & HIP HOP…THREE GENERATIONS…MEN & WOMEN.”
    Urban Music Scene
  • “A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old…”
  • “In Take Me to the River the camera disappears and the performances are natural and unique. No other music film has ever been made like this before.”
    Philadelphia Tribune
  • Take Me to the River reminds us where all the great music came from.”
    The Boston Globe
  • “The giddy energy is contagious. It truly feels like you’re watching a once-in-a-lifetime session. Take Me to the River succeeds as a great introduction to the sound of Memphis.”
    Austin Chronicle