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Top 100 Jazz/Blues & Bluegrass/Folk Films

(June 2, 2015)
Ken Burns: Jazz Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart This Ain't No Mouse Music

The entire Top 3 of this week's Top Renting Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk has changed from last time around: Ken Burns' excellent series "Ken Burns' Jazz" has reclaimed the #1 position. The #2 and #3 positions are Bela Fleck's "Throw Down Your Heart" (2008) and the Arhoolie Records documentary, "This Ain't No Mouse Music" (2013). Last time's top renter, Margaret Brown's "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" (2004) dropped to 4th followed by "The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1" (with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Memphis Slim and Big Mama Thornton -- WOW!). We have over 120 titles in our Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections -- and they are all worth watching. These are obviously some under-appreciated sections in the store but there are a lot of great titles on those shelves -- do yourself a favor and pick one up the next time you are in. If you're interested in Jazz, Blues, Folk and/or Bluegrass but are not sure what to get, try one of the Top 3 listed above (especially "Ken Burns' Jazz") or something from Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" series. All are regular crowd favorites and will get you watching more and more from the section. Here are the titles that made the list from the Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections in the past year:

1 JAZZ: A FILM BY KEN BURNS (Jazz/Blues)
2 FLECK, BELA: THROW DOWN YOUR HEART (Folk/Bluegrass)
3 THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC (Folk/Bluegrass)
4 VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: BE HERE... (Folk/Bluegrass)
5 AMERICAN FOLK BLUES FESTIVAL (Jazz/Blues)
6 BLUES: MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS (Jazz/Blues)
7 HARRIS, EMMYLOU: SPYBOY (Folk/Bluegrass)
8 DON'T START ME TALKIN' (Jazz/Blues)
9 HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (Folk/Bluegrass)
10 LEGENDS OF FLATPICKING GUITAR (Jazz/Blues)
11 KRAUSS, ALISON: LIVE (Folk/Bluegrass)
12 PRINE, JOHN: LIVE ON SOUNDSTAGE (Folk/Bluegrass)
13 SEEGER, PETE: THE POWER OF SONG (Folk/Bluegrass)
14 SIMON & GARFUNKEL: CENTRAL PARK (Folk/Bluegrass)
15 VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: HOUSTON 1988 (Folk/Bluegrass)
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