ALL THE BLUES GONE

The delta of the Mississippi river is the origin of traditional blues--harmonicas, guitars and voices that cry of sorrow and tribulation. Yet as the river flows relentlessly south, the blues and its musicians have moved north and beyond, creating such tributaries as Chicago Blues, Rock and Roll, Jazz and Rap. All The Blues Gone returns to the source, giving the world a treasured musical legacy from the soul of African-American culture.

In the tradition of the great folklorist Alan Lomax, photographer Rex Miller has worked  years in Mississippi, building an intimate picture of Delta musicians, their lives shaped by generations of farm work, from slavery through sharecropping through the inner-city problems that have now come to rural Mississippi.

All The Blues Gone is not a catalog of musical history. It is a glimpse into the culture and traditions that created this music, as seen through the lives of some of its practitioners. 

Miller’s dramatic photographs honor the vitality of Delta life-- the cotton fields where blues began as hollers and chants; the porches where blues deepened in the cool of evenings; the juke joints where blues wail until morning; the infamous Parchman Penitentiary where blues live in fear and loneliness. 

Here are the men and women who have local fame and national obscurity--John Hurt, Jr., son of Mississippi John Hurt; Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes, James “Son” Thomas and Ms. Z.L. Hill, delta legends who have recently passed away. 

All The Blues Gone is part of a multimedia exhibition that has toured galleries, museums, universities, festivals and performance spaces nationally and overseas. The exhibition is comprised of 

            - photographic murals (framed in wood from a sharecropper’s shack)

            - a CD soundtrack  of music and storytelling

            - an istallation of projected images w/soundtrack

            - educational programming 

All The Blues Gone

Phtographed, written and produced by Rex Miller

Produced by Rexpix media­