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Uploaded on Feb 28, 2010

During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Hines Farm was the location of one of the premier blues clubs in the United States. Located in Swanton, Ohio, a rural community just outside Toledo, Hines Farm featured a whos who of blues and jazz entertainers, and served as a cultural center for African-Americans.

The film was co-produced by Donahue and WBGU TV's award-winning producer, Marlene Harris-Taylor. Marlene has produced documentaries distributed throughout the PBS system.

Viewers will applaud interviews with both nationally known musicians such as B.B. King, John Lee Hookerand others. Additionally, audiences will gain familiaritywith regionally known musicians such as Art and Roman Griswald, Bobby Smith, Big Jack Reynolds and Professor Easy.



Focusing on the history of the Hines Farm Blues club, the documentary accentuates the relationship between Hines Farm and the fifties and sixties Toledo-area booming music scene. Television audiences will experience how the Swanton/Spencer Sharples area inspired the rise of the Toledo Blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues scene.

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