Ride the Blues is the first film of its kind for producer/director, Gary Glenn. “It’s a music film with documentary qualities,” he said as he described the hybrid movie. “Creating a documentary with a concert at the heart of it was a challenge.” One highlight from the film is the dramatic Harley-Davidson entrance by Johnson and bass player Jeff Girardier, which remained on stage throughout the show.
In the performances from September 27 and 28, 2014, Johnson is joined by long-time friend and bandmate, Girardier, as well as former band members, drummer Brad Martin, and the Sliders, Jim Rosse on trumpet and Stuart Williams, on sax, flute and harmonica.
Donations from Ride the Blues concert attendees were divided between the theater and the National Blues Museum based in St. Louis, MO, scheduled to open April 2. Chairman of the Board of the National Blues Museum, Rob Endicott commented, “The Blues is a grassroots art form and it is particularly impressive and appreciated when a community comes together to pool its resources to support the Museum.”
- Phil Pool of Omni Photography, Burlington, IA (Ride the Blues videographer)
"Brilliant docu-concert featuring Jeremiah Johnson and his amazing band! Jeremiah is the whole package. I sincerely hope he rises to the top and I don't mean on Billboard's. He has his own style - a mix of Texas blues and St. Louis blues, and there ain't nothing wrong with a little southern drawl. Standing ovation to film director, Gary Glenn."
- Charlene F., Minooka, IL
"Ride the Blues is well produced and highlights the Jeremiah we are all attracted to. Besides his musician/songwriter gift as a true bluesman, Jeremiah is a natural on state, and his naturally humble character shines through in the film. I have loved and followed the Jeremiah Johnson Band for seven years and knew the first time I witnessed Jeremiah at Hammerstone’s (in St. Louis, MO) that he was special and headed for national recognition. It was great seeing Jim, Stu and Brad making the event even more special. Congrats, Jeremiah, on your success! You wear it well."
- Marci L., Mesa, AZ