Dick Earl Ericksen grew up in Moroni, Utah; a rural community located in East-Central Utah, by no means a hotspot for the Blues. One day his father came home from work with a cassette tape that was left in the lost and found, an album by the man called Muddy Waters. Dick put the tape in his boom box, and in that moment his life was changed forever. Since then he has gone on to tour throughout North America, become an educator on the subject, and found his own unique sound and style of Blues while incorporating modern techniques of live looping and sound modification. It digs deep into the roots of what the Blues is all about; being able to get back up when life tries to put you down.

The film follows Dick Earl’s trip from St. George, UT to Memphis, TN, as he attends and judges the International Blues Challenge; an esteemed competition for Blues bands from all over the world. Viewers experience the people and places of the Blues, and get a closer look into the life of the original Utah Blues Man, Dick Earl Ericksen.

Monday 11/1 6:00 p.m. Eccles Main Stage
Monday 11/1 7:00 p.m. Pineview 6
Wednesday 11/3 10:00 a.m. Pineview 6

USA, 2017
Run time 1:20
Director: Isaac Ericksen
Producer: Trey Johnson
Executive Producer: Executive Producer: Phil Tuckett
Trailer: https://youtu.be/6TuTzRUlHCQ

This film will also open the Festival on November 1 with a special reception. More information