"Something in the Water" chronicles singer-songwriter Steve Azar's endeavor to record his new album Down at the Liquor Store at the historic Club Ebony in Indianola, MS with an assembled team of storied musicians, who worked with the likes of B.B. King and Elvis Presley. The venue's rustic walls once emanated the Delta sounds of artists such as Ray Charles, Count Basie, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Albert King, Willie Clayton, Eugene Powell, Sam Chatmon, and many other legendary acts. Now, Azar and The Kings Men evoke and expand upon the musical tradition Club Ebony once harbored.
Additional interviews with key individuals from Azar's life reveal that his passion for music set him on the path to success in Nashville—and that his devotion to the Delta would one day bring him back home to live, record, teach, and inspire the next generation of musicians. His influences are deciphered and discussed, from the highways and cities to the blues players that imbued in him a great fondness for the region. Meanwhile, The Kings Men share their combined wisdom and experience as they discover a bond and a desire to take their new album on tour.
The band, in keeping with the efforts of individuals working to preserve the Delta Blues through advocacy, workshops, music festivals, and education, seek to illustrate a resolute connection between a fabled past and a promising future. This film documents the genesis of this effort and promotes its abidance.
Strack Azar. Filmmaker