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Blues Come 'Home' to DVD

3 May, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Koch Vision is rolling out the welcome mat for blues lovers with the June 6 DVD release Antone's Home of the Blues.

The music documentary tells the story of Clifford Antone, who helped the careers of some of the great blues artists.

Antone opened his Austin, Texas, nightclub in 1975, and it has become legendary, said Wally Schmidt, VP of marketing for Koch Vision. It's been home to such musicians as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and many others. Janis Joplin was a regular performer, and even U2's Bono and The Edge have appeared on Antone's stage.

The film features interviews and vintage footage from some of these artists and others as well as interviews with Antone himself, who drew artists from the Chicago blues scene to Texas to perform at his club.

“In the 1970s, it really helped revive the blues,” Schmidt said. “This one is really, truly something special. It gets you as close as possible with some of the greats.”

The film already made a splash this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival and Austin Film Festival, Schmidt said.

Koch is pumping up the release with “massive outreach” to blues festivals and online promotions. The DVD will be featured on the nationally syndicated blues-centric radio show “Beale Street,” which is carried in 100 markets, Schmidt said.

The DVD ($19.98) includes a 12-page booklet of liner notes on the history of the club written by blues expert and music critic John C. Davis and based on notes from Antone.

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