Springing The Blues is an annual festival drawing 125,000 fans to see some of the nation's top Blues performers in an intimate beachside setting in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Tension and Release captures that scene, bringing us the Blues as it is played by some of the most talented and passionate performers playing today. This isn't a collection of classic performances - it's a very personal look at today's finest. So rather than offer a remote historical analysis, this film offers a celebratory immersion i the music itself! The artists provide their own commentary - usually with guitar in hand to provide illustration. Throughout the film, we are treated to a sampling of some of the best performances of the festival. And in an intimate conversational style, the artists offer insights into how their music drives their own lives and ties into the overall history of the Blues in America.
Jimmy Thackery, Otis Taylor Band, John Hammond Band, Johnnie Marshall, Deborah Coleman, Michael Burks, Albert Castiglia, J.J. Grey