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Full Moon Lightnin' DVD/CD

by Floyd Lee Band

Edgy, dark Mississippi Blues
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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This special limited edition 2-disc set contains the full length feature documentary on DVD and the soundtrack on CD.

"A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE" XM Radio...A spiritual four year journey through heartache, abandonment and racial divide told through the parallel stories of two blues artists. One seeking to discover what will make him whole again while the other is desperate to hold onto what he already has.

It has been over 60 years since New York City blues man, Floyd Lee, left the hill country of Mississippi and with his exodus he turned his back on a troubled childhood and a harsh life in the cotton fields. Abandoned by a mother he never knew, Floyd still wrestles with unanswered questions to his mysterious and painful past. Now at the age of 73, Floyd and his band embark on a deeply personal journey back home to Mississippi to reconnect with the family he left behind and search for the family he never knew. Throughout, guitarist Joel Poluck steers Floyd's career towards musical success while his personal life spins out of control.



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Craig Ruskey

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90+ minutes, color. Essential. Full Moon Lightnin' isn't Hollywood glitz with a story-line so far removed from truth that you wonder what you're seeing. It's not all too often that items reviewed here garner a full-on 'essential' rating; in the past, that lofty position has been reserved for outstanding reissues of vintage blues. This documentary is neither a reissue nor is it vintage blues in the truest sense. In actuality, it's difficult to call it a documentary as it seems more like a travelogue. The story focuses on Joel Poluck, a young guitar player of note, and Floyd Lee, an aging bluesman, and the trials and tribulations these wonderful friends share. Without giving away the farm, "THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE PIECE OF CINEMATIC BRILLIANCE!" While Lee searches for remnants of his past and those whom he knew decades ago in Mississippi, Poluck is desperately trying to hold onto what's near and very dear to him. The music throughout is startling, regardless of whether your preferences are for more traditional or modern blues. Poluck's guitar work is deeply rooted, but at the same time he shows he's able to take the music into the 21st century without losing the essence of blues' lengthy past. Lee, on the other hand, is seemingly stuck in a time-warp; his six-string work is wonderfully primitive, archaic and raw. Whether playing on the streets of New York, the juke joints of Mississippi or within the confines of a recording studio, Poluck and Lee make truly memorable music and share a story quite unlike anything you've seen before. "THIS IS TRUTH. THIS IS REAL. THIS IS LIFE. THIS IS BLUES." Full Moon Lightnin' is, without question, a completely soul-stirring film that gives us hope by clearly and painfully showing that we've all had to deal with our own blues in one form or another. There's a limited edition 2-disc set currently available that features a full-length audio CD in addition to the 90-minute DVD. Please, do not miss this unforgettable journey!

© 2009 by Craig Ruskey

Craig Ruskey

Online Review
Full Moon Lightnin'
Amogla Records (2009) DVD

90+ minutes, color. Essential. It's not all too often that items reviewed here garner a full-on 'essential' rating. In the past, that lofty position has been reserved for outstanding reissues of vintage blues. The documentary Full Moon Lightnin' is neither a reissue nor is it vintage blues in the truest sense. In actuality, it's difficult to call it a documentary as it seems more like a travelogue. The story focuses on Joel Poluck, a young guitar player of note, and Floyd Lee, an aging bluesman and the travels these wonderful friends share. Without giving away the farm, this is "NOTHING SHORT OF AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE PIECE OF CINEMATIC BRILLIANCE." While Lee searches for remnants of his past and those whom he knew decades ago in Mississippi, Poluck is desperately trying to hold on to what's near and very dear to him. The music throughout is startling, regardless of whether your preferences are for more traditional or modern blues. Poluck's guitar work is deeply rooted, but at the same time he shows he's able to take the music into the 21st century without losing the essence of the lengthy past the blues has. Lee, on the other hand, is seemingly stuck in a time-warp as his six-string work is wonderfully primitive, archaic and raw. Whether playing on the streets of New York, the juke joints of Mississippi or within the confines of a recording studio, Poluck and Lee make some truly memorable music and share a story quite unlike anything you've seen before. This isn't Hollywood glitz with a story-line so far removed from truth that you wonder what you're seeing. "THIS IS LIFE. THIS IS REAL. THIS IS TRUTH. THIS IS BLUES." Full Moon Lightnin' is, without question, a completely soul-stirring film that gives us hope by clearly and painfully showing that we've all had to deal with our own blues in one form or another. There's a limited edition 2-disc set currently available that features a full-length audio CD in addition to the 90-minute DVD. Please, do not miss this unforgettable journey!

Full Moon Lightnin'

© 2009 by Craig Ruskey