BLACK STARZ!’ LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES CHRONICLING MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT BLUES SCENE, SPAWNS SOUNDTRACK CD AND DVD TO BE RELEASED MARCH 18 BY SANCTUARY RECORDS

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RELEASES COMMEMORATE "THE YEAR OF THE BLUES"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2003

BLACK STARZ!’ LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES

CHRONICLING MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT BLUES SCENE,

SPAWNS SOUNDTRACK CD AND DVD

TO BE RELEASED MARCH 18 BY SANCTUARY RECORDS

RELEASES COMMEMORATE "THE YEAR OF THE BLUES"

JACKSON, Miss. -- Starz Encore Group LLC and Sanctuary Records announced today that Last of the Mississippi Jukes, a documentary tribute to the blues and juke joints of Mississippi from filmmaker Robert Mugge, will be made available on DVD by Sanctuary Records on March 18. The DVD will feature 5.1 SurroundSound and 5.1 DTS with several exclusive features.

In addition, the featured music -- performed by such artists as Alvin Youngblood Hart, Chris Thomas King, Bobby Rush, Vasti Jackson, Patrice Moncell, the King Edwards Blues Band, and many more (full list to follow) -- will be made available on an audio CD soundtrack, also on Sanctuary Records and released on March 18.

The film, DVD and soundtrack CD will find their way to the market during what Congress has declared "The Year Of The Blues."

From the single-room plantation shacks where the blues was born a hundred years ago to the handful of urban and rural lounges that are rapidly becoming extinct, Last of the Mississippi Jukes which premiered on BLACK STARZ! earlier this month, captures the essence of the blues and the juke joint legacy. The Sanctuary Records DVD and soundtrack document and celebrate the origin of blues in America and an important part of our musical heritage…one that cannot be forgotten.

Last of the Mississippi Jukes takes you on a musical journey to Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Ground Zero Blues Club, established by actor Morgan Freeman and his partners to recreate the mood and style of a traditional juke joint. Then, on to Jackson, Mississippi’s remarkable 35-plus-year-old Subway Lounge, a thriving urban club now on the verge of losing it’s home in the historic but now rapidly crumbling Summers Hotel, Jackson’s first Black-owned hotel. The hotel/lounge played host to many notable jazz and blues performers in the days of segregation, including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, James Brown and Aretha Franklin.

In describing his first visit to the Subway Lounge, filmmaker Mugge wrote in the liner notes: "We were simply transported by the rough ambience of the dank, smoky, poorly lit basement room in which we found ourselves, by the harmonious interplay of black and white Mississippians in a black-owned venue on the black side of town, and especially to the extraordinary caliber of the local musicians who sang and played their hearts out from midnight to shortly before dawn. As for myself, I decided right then and there that any film I made about Mississippi jukes would have to include Jackson’s Subway Lounge because, for reasons I could not fully comprehend, I truly felt I was home."

About Starz Encore Group, LLC

Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz Encore) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 134 million pay units. Starz Encore offerings include the Starz Super Pak, with up to 12 digital movie channels and about 800 movies per month, and Starz On Demand, the first premium on-demand subscription offering and the only on-demand pay TV subscription service available on cable, satellite, and broadband platforms. Starz Encore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L, LMCb), http://www.starzencore.com.

About Sanctuary Records -- Castle America blues series

Sanctuary Records is in the process of developing a deep blues catalog. In February 2003, Sanctuary’s Castle America imprint has released reissues from blues legends Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy and Josh White; Snooky Pryor, Eddie Playboy Taylor, Homesick James, Doctor Ross and Billy Boy Arnold; Lowell Fulson; John Lee Hooker & The Groundhogs; Jimmy Witherspoon; Eddie Playboy Taylor; Charlie Musselwhite; Otis Grand; Homesick James, Eddie Boyd, Sunny land Slim and Hound Dog Taylor; Johnny Copeland; Big Joe Duskin; and Jerry Portnoy. In March, April and May, Sanctuary will release albums by Alexis Korner, Blodwyn Pig, Chicken Shack, Brunning/Hall Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes, Keef Hartley, Big John Wrencher, Duster Bennett, John Mayall and more.

About Robert Mugge

Producer/director/writer/editor Robert Mugge was born in Chicago and grew up primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. He received a BA degree in Film and Associated Art Media from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus (UMBC) and spent a year working in Temple University’s graduate film program. To date, he has made 21 films, most of them feature-length music documentaries ranging from Deep Blues (1991), to Gospel According To Al Green (1984), to Rhythm ‘N Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music (2000), to Saxophone Colossus with Sonny Rollins (1986), to Gather At The River: A Bluegrass Celebration (1994), to Kumu Hula: Keepers Of A Culture (1989), to Last of the Mississippi Jukes (2003). These films have been distributed theatrically, broadcast over television, released on video and DVD, shown at film and music festivals, and presented in retrospectives around the world. According to LA Weekly, Mugge is "the king of the American music documentary," and according to France’s Liberation, he is "the best music filmmaker on the planet."

Track List & Sequence:

Last of the Mississippi Jukes (soundtrack audio CD)

1. Alvin Youngblood Hart with Sam Carr and Anthony Sherrod - "Joe Friday"

2. The Deep Cuts - "Every Goodbye Don't Mean I'm Gone"

3. Bobby Rush - "Garbage Man"

4. Greg "Fingers" Taylor with Casey Phillips and the Hounds - "Subway Swing"

5. Patrice Moncell with the House Rockers - "Stormy Monday"

6. Levon Lindsey and J.T. Watkins with the KingEdward Blues Band - "You Know I've Tried"

7. Vasti Jackson with the King Edward Blues Band - "Casino in the Cottonfield"

8. Chris Thomas King - "John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto'"

9. Dennis Fountain and Pat Brown with Jesse Robinson - "The Blues Is Alright"

10. Lucille with Greg "Fingers" Taylor - "What Goes Around, Comes Around"

11. King Edward Blues Band - "Hole in the Wall"

12. Patrice Moncell and Vasti Jackson with the House Rockers - "Strokin'"

13. Abdul Rasheed with the House Rockers - "Members Only"

14. David Hughes and Jimmy King with Virgil Brawley - "Juke Joint Jam" (featuring "Last of the Mississippi Jukes" and "Next Time You See Me")

Credits:

STARZ ENCORE ENTERTAINMENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HERITAGE CHANNEL AND MUG-SHOT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS A BLACK STARZ! ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY

LAST OF THE MISSISSPPI JUKES

FEATURING:

MORGAN FREEMAN - actor

JIMMY KING - Subway’s resilient founding father

DICK WATERMAN & STEVE CHESEBOROUGH - blues historians

CHRIS THOMAS KING - 3 time Grammy Awards winner for soundtracks to "Down From The Mountain" and "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"

ROBERT MUGGE - producer/director ("Hellhounds On My Trail","Deep Blues", "Gospel According To Al Green") Mug-Shot Productions

DAVID HUGHES – music director, interviewer

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For more information on the Sanctuary Records DVD and CD of Last of The Mississippi Jukes,, please contact the Baker/Northrop Media Group:

Cary Baker        (818) 986-5200        cary@bakernorthrop.com

For information on the BLACK STARZ! original documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes, please contact Starz Encore:

Chelsye J. Burrows     (720) 852-5838                  chelsye.burrows@starzencore.com

http://www.sanctuaryrecordsgroup.com
http://www.starzsuperpak.com
http://www.robertmugge.com
http://www.bakernorthrop.com

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