Award-winning documentary will be screened Saturday morning during the 3rd annual Reading Blues Fest.

Saturday, November 23 / 10:30 a.m.
Blues Film Screening
HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY
hosted by MICHAEL CLOEREN
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading/Amphitheater
TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY, JULY 15 @ 10:00 a.m.!

Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story” is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield.

A white, teenage harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Butterfield learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own backyard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.

The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues.

The band’s first LP, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band released on Elektra Records in 1965, was named No. 11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.

The only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Butterfield would continue to break new ground in the blues and to stand up for racial equality until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose.

Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his bandmates and those closest to him, the documentary tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Michael Cloeren is a major force in the festival world. Michael Cloeren Productions has created and/or produced over 80 festivals since 1991.

Cloeren was awarded the Blues Foundation’s KBA Award for promoter of the year in 1996 for keeping the blues alive.

He was the founder and producer of The Pennsylvania Blues Festival at various venues.