Film: Back To The Source

Thursday 19th Nov 2020

Free to view and streaming online at Mixcloud

Time: 9:00 - 10:15pm

Missed the event?

The film is also available On Demand HERE until Sunday Nov 22! 

English jazz musician Robin Phillips retraces the path of jazz and blues in America, from Chicago to New Orleans, in a once-in-a-lifetime road trip on a Harley Davidson motorbike, to better understand the art form he has dedicated his life to.

This music documentary includes road trip footage, performances, and pieces to camera, as well as interviews with John May (BBs Blues and Soups in St Louis), Steve Melton (Chief Engineer 1970s, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio), Bubba O'Keefe (Visit Clarksdale), Dexter Allen (Jackson blues musician), David Hood (bass player, The Swampers, Muscle Shoals) and James Martin (New Orleans jazz musician).

The film received its world premiere at the Clarksdale Film Festival 2020 and its UK premiere at the Doc n Roll Film Festival, London 2020.

There will be a live Q&A with the Robin Phillips directly after the film screening.

Questions for the Live Q&A can be emailed to


Co-directed by: Robin Phillips, repmusic Ltd and Domininkas Zalys, Creative Onions
Produced by: repmusic Ltd

Presenter: Robin Phillips, musician
Tour members and additional footage: Robin Phillips, Stacey Dawson, Domininkas Zalys, Stacey Dawson, Damian Glasfurd-Brown, Dean

Edited by: Domininkas Zalys, Creative Onions
Audio repair: Neil Cowlan, Rugged Media Audio
Animated maps: Kris Lavington-Woods
Logo and poster design: Daniel May Design

Additional thanks to (in alphabetical order):
Ana Megan Hyde, Sound Studio, AL

Bryan Shaw, Musician, Jackson, MS
Chase Brandon, Sound Engineer, Sound Studio, AL

Dom Pipkin, Musician, London, UK
Nigel Holloway, St Louis, IL
Roger Stolle, Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art Store, Clarksdale, MS
Sebastian Scotney, LondonJazz, London UK

Interviews with (in order of appearance):
John May, Owner, BBS Blues & Soups, St Louis, IL 
Steve Melton, Sound Studio, Musclé Shoals, AL 
Bubba O’Keefe, Visit Clarksdale, Clarksdale, MS
Dexter Allen, Musician, Dexter Allen Entertainment, Jackson, MS
Anthony, Lyft Taxi Driver, New Orleans, LO
James Martin, Musician, New Orleans, LO

David Hood, Musician, Muscle Shoals, AL

Soundtrack music provided with permission by (in alphabetical order): 
- A Night At The ‘Jar - written by Robin Phillips - performed by Pinstripe Suit ft. Alex Best (drums), UK
- All Of Me - written by Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons - performed by Tiffany Harmon, Memphis, TN

- Arkansas Porch Party - written and performed by JP Soars
- Blackbird Special - written by Davis, Lewis, Towns - performed by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

- Born In California - written and performed by JP Soars
- City Beneath The Sea - written by Harry Connick jr - performed by Robin Phillips, Louis Thorne, Alex Best, Neil Cowlan
- Holler #4 - written and performed by Watermelon Slim
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - written by David Mann & Bob Hilliard - performed by Robin Phillips ft. Dexter Allen Band

- Out The Gate - written and performed by James Martin

- Post-Modern Blues - written and performed by Watermelon Slim
- Put Your Bluez On Me - written and performed by Dexter Allen, with the Dexter Allen Band ft. Robin Phillips

- St James Infirmary - written by Irving Mills - performed by Pinstripe Suit
- Time After Time - written by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne - performed by Robin Phillips Quartet
- Way Of Blues, The - written and performed by Howl ‘n’ Madd Perry
- Young Ambition - written and performed by James Martin