Blues documentary garners Emmy Award nomination

The documentary tells the story of Fred McDowell.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 1:12 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – Two University of Mississippi filmmakers have been nominated for a 2018 Southeast Emmy Award for their documentary chronicling the life and music of a regional bluesman.

"Shake 'Em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell," a 55-minute film is among four films nominated in the Documentaries category.

The film was co-producted by Scott Barretta and Joe York as part of the Southern Documentary Project housed in the university's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Shake 'Em On Down" tells the story of Fred McDowell, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, mentored Bonnie Raitt and served as the cornerstone of the unique and enduring north Mississippi style of blues music.

The winner will be announced June 16 during ceremonies at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

To view "Shake 'Em on Down," visit

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