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Babe's and Ricky's Inn

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Ramin Niami

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Plot Summary

Babe's and Ricky's Inn chronicles the last days of one of the most unique and vibrant blues clubs in the world. For over fifty years, Laura Mae Gross 'Mama', an African American woman from Mississippi, brought musicians together, regardless of race, age, or gender, in a place where only the music mattered. The club was originally located on legendary Central Ave, in South Central LA. 'Mama' created a place where people such as Johnny Lee Hooker, BB King, Albert King, and others shared the stage with newcomers in an open, creative, and safe environment. The film shows many musicians at their homes and on stage. They share their life experiences, their music, and their memories of 'Mama'. 'Mama' acted as a teacher of the blues who's charm and forceful character served as the reason why Babe's and Ricky's Inn became one of the most successful clubs in the world. The film features original music by some of the most important blues artists alive and showcases some of the most unique blues clubs in LA. Stunning guitar performances and personal stories about the hard blues life come together in a film about what it means to devote your life to music. What is remarkable about Babe's and Ricky's Inn is that it attracted generations of young people who listened, learned, and enjoyed.

Customer Reviews

A magnificent, heartfelt film. A must see.

This is a magnificent documentary. It takes you on a heartfelt journey into one of Los Angeles' greatest blues clubs. Although I don't have a deep knowledge of that genre, the film gave me some amazing insight into how powerful blues music can be. For lovers of blues music, you will be right at home. For newcomers, you'll find a new home that welcomes you will open arms. A must see.

Great study on race and LA history

Very good film.

Awesome Doc Awesome Music

Oh my god this movie is great. I didn't know anything about Babe's and Ricky's Inn or Mama Laura before watching it. I got to see it in the theater and then again on iTunes. I love the Blues and the music in the film. Deacon Jones is the best!!!!!!!!! The movie is a loving, heartfelt story of an amazing club and the great music that came out of it.


Babe's and Ricky's Inn
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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