Nothing to Prove: Mac Arnold Returns to the Blues

A film presentation about SC farmer, blues musician, and former Muddy Waters bass player, Mac Arnold, who grew up playing black gospel, country and rhythm and blues as a child in the region of the state heralded for forming what became known as the Piedmont Blues. Stan discovered Mac on the night when he shot Mac and his band, Plate Full ‘O Blues, as they introduced their first CD at the Handlebar Music Club in Greenville, SC and conducted a brief interview with him during the break. Realizing that Mac was sitting on a Southern Americana folk heritage tradition that was important to document and preserve, he began a three-year project that followed Mac and his young band of musicians as he led them back up the blues ladder and returned to the mainstream blues. This is their story.