The Double Door Documentary is a work of love. Love of music, love of local music history, love of the artists that have passed through the doors of this very unique place. The Double Door also holds a very special place in the hearts of the Charlotte Blues Society members.
It was owner Nick Karres who was pivotal in helping to establish CBS. Our monthly meetings a/k/a shows (because a blues band performed at every meeting) were held at the beloved DDI since day one. We will hold our last meeting there on January 1, the day before the doors close.
This historic venue has been the subject of more than one video, but this is a project that will document not just the early days, but all that has come between the beginning and the end of this special place.
A Kickstarter Campaign was started in early 2016 however it failed to reach its goal for the documentary team Emmy Award winning team of Kim Brattain, Chuck Bludsworth, Jay Ahuja & Rick Fitts. Thanks to interest on Facebook and in the social media. along with local interest by many just realizing this historic site will soon be gone, they regouped and organized a second attempt to raise the funds needed to complete this project. This time: Indigogo. It was a success and now the final project is available for purchase.
For every local band that played the stage,or fevery music fan that walked through the doors and were able to see some pretty fantastic music up close and personal: this is packed with memories!
The Double Door Inn has been a slice of the Charlotte Music Scene since 1973. Let the memories live on through BluRay DVD! You can order your copy by clicking on the link below.
Sidemen-Long Road to Glory provides an intimate look into the incredible lives of three of the last Muddy Waters an Howlin' Wolf sidemen, piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. These legendary bluesmen, who performed and recorded into their 80's and 90's, played a significant role in shaping modern popular music. The film features some of the last interviews conducted with all three men as well as their final live performances together. These memorable live performances, vividly capture these blues legends with the blues and rock stars they have inspired including, Robby Kreiger of The Doors, Elvin Bishop, and Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band. Personal insights from artists such as, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter offer heartfelt accounts of how these three legendary sidemen helped shape rock 'n roll.
Sidemen takes us on the road with Pinetop, Willie and Hubert three of our last direct links to the origins of the blues as they share the increible stories about each of their personal histories. From their upbringings on Delta plantations of the Jim Crow south to lives spent on the road in the shadow of two of the biggest figures in music, their stories are not only a part of music history, but American history as well. As we ride along, we can't help but fall in love with these endearing men as we experience all the trials and triumphs of these remarkable lives.
LET THE MUSIC LIVE ON
Keeping you up to date on info in the Blues World, including Charlotte and the Carolinas
The Charlotte Blues Society was saddened by the sudden and unexpected loss of one of the biggest supporter of CBS and a sweet wonderful spirit, Marie Rink on Friday June 17th. Marie was usually the first on the dance floor at a blues show and the the last to leave. All of us have experienced her positive energy and wonderful smile and laugh. It is with sadness that we report this loss to our members. Marie was special: loving, fun with a zeal for living. She shall be greatly missed.
Dance with those you love and have gone before you dear lady. Funeral services will be held July 23rd in Charlotte.
New Song honoring Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, beloved Carolina songstress and blues artist lost her battle with cancer in December 2010. The following May, she received Female Blues Artist Award at the Blues Foundation annual event. Husband, songwriting partner and guitarist from her band Tony Rogers was there to accept as the room rose to its feet to honor her.
This June 17th was Robin's birthday and local artists Stolen Hearts, (Pam Taylor & Robert Johnson Jr.) released a song in her honor, "Blues Had an Angel"
Recorded at Chris Garges' Old House Studios with Tony Rogers on slide, Jim Brock on drums, Jason Atkins on organ, plus Jade Moore and Lisa De Nova on backing vocals, with Mark Williams engineering, (Tony & Jim were both part of Robin's "Hot Band", Mark has worked with her on recordings in the past) this was truly a work of love.
Wes Cobb from WestArtVideo documented the session for the music video.
The song will be available for download on iTunes.
The world famous Double Door Inn opened its doors in 1973 and has the distinction of being the oldest same owner live music/ blues venue on the East coast. But the clock is ticking and soon the building will be silenced and another part of Charlotte's music scene will fall to the wrecking ball.
The Double Door Inn has also been the home to the Charlotte Blues Society since our beginning. No surprise since owner Nick Karras was one of the core reasons for the group.
The music song inside these walls will be forever remembered by those who were there. Some of the stories were capture in "Charlotte's Home of the Blues- 40 Years of the Double Door Inn" by Daniel Coston and Debby Wallace.
The greats played this room: Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric johnson, Koko Taylor, if it was blues, and they were traveling through, they would play the Double Door. If you listen, you may hear them playing in the background. Many claim to feel the spirits of those who played there and have since passed, are still hanging around. None of us would be surprised. Every local artist yearns to play the DDI stage. It's on every bucket list.
Sadly the doors will close after the Monday Night AllStars play their final gig on Monday January 2, 2017. We know most of Charlotte will be there that night. And well they should. No eye will be dry. It will surely be a night of the Blues for all of us who have frequented this historic spot.
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