The Paul

Butterfield Story


"It's such a personal instrument. It's really like a horn from the heart."

- Paul Butterfield


See the film critics are raving about

“While the last third of Butterfield’s life is tragic, spending the better part of 90 minutes with the man and his music is exhilarating. The picture may get at least a few people talking about him again.” - Glenn Kenny, The New York Times and a NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK

Horn From the Heart is an enlightening look at an under-documented musician.” - David Browne, Rolling Stone



Date(s) City State Theater
Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 22 & 23 Hudson NY Time & Space Limited
Dec. 6 Q&A with Joe Forno, Paul's friend and The Band's former manager
Dec. 10 & Jan. 14 Asbury Park NJ The ShowRoom
Dec. 10 Q&A with musician Rob Paparozzi
Dec. 13 Sebastopol CA Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol
Q&A with musician Nick Gravenites
Dec. 13 Bellingham WA Pickford Film Center
Dec. 16 Woodstock NY Upstate Films
Dec. 17 Arlington MA Regent Theatre
Q&A with musician Al Kooper
Dec. 19 Camas WA Liberty Theatre
Dec. 21 Toronto ON Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Jan. 10 Berkeley CA Rialto Elmwood
Jan. 11-13 Louisville KY Speed Art Museum
Jan. 17 Cleveland OH Cinematheque (The Cleveland Institute of Art)
Jan. 18 Hartford CT Wadsworth Atheneum
Q&A with blues consultant Tom Reney
Jan. 20 Phoenix AZ FilmBar
Jan. 23 Pleasantville NY Jacob Burns Film Center
Q&A with filmmaker Sandra Warren and music teacher Billy Roues
Jan. 23 Washington DC Landmark E Street Cinema


Date(s) City State Theater
Oct. 17-21 New York NY The Roxy Cinema
Oct. 17 Sedona AZ Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Oct. 18 Sebastopol CA Rialto Sebastopol
Oct. 19-25 Tulsa OK Circle Cinema
Oct. 28 Nevada City CA Nevada Theatre
Oct. 28 Bethlehem PA ArtsQuest
Nov. 1 Buffalo NY North Park Theater
Nov. 2-8 Pasadena CA Laemmle Playhouse
Nov. 2, 6, 11 Sarasota FL Cine-World Film Festival, Burns Court
Nov. 2, 4-7, 11-14 Plymouth NH Flying Monkey Movie House
Nov. 4 Roanoke VA The Spot on Kirk
Nov. 5 North Hollywood CA Laemmle Noho
Nov. 6 Santa Monica CA Laemmle Monica
Nov. 7 Cincinnati OH Woodward Theater
Nov. 8 Vallejo CA Empress Theatre
Nov. 9-15 Chicago IL Gene Siskel Film Center
Nov. 9-15 Buckhannon WV Lascaux Micro-Theater
Nov. 14 Orlando FL Gallery at Avalon Island
Nov. 14 Rosendale NY Rosendale Theatre
Nov. 14 Tacoma WA Grand Cinema
Nov. 15 Arlington MA The Regent Theatre
Nov. 19 Vancouver BC Vancity Theatre
Nov. 16-22 Albuquerque NM The Guild
Nov. 23-25 York PA Small Star Art House
Nov. 24 & 25 Long Beach CA The Art Theatre
Nov. 26 & 27 Camas WA Liberty Theatre
Nov. 27 Bellingham WA Pickford Film Center
Nov. 27 Fairfield CT Fairfield Stage One
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 Boulder CO The Dairy Center for the Arts
Nov. 27 & Dec. 2 Florence OR City Lights Cinema
Nov. 28 Nantucket MA Nantucket Dreamland
Nov. 28 Vancouver WA Vancity Theatre
Nov. 29 & Dec. 1 York PA Small Star Art House
Nov. 30 Mystic CT Mystic Luxury Cinemas
Dec. 1 Huntington NY Cinema Arts Center
Dec. 3 South Burlington VT Palace 9
Dec. 11 Vancouver WA Kiggins Theatre




HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.

The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The band's first LP, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band released on Elektra Records in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.

The only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues and to stand up for racial equality until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his bandmates and those closest to him, HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Paul's friends speak:

"The sound was ferocious. He just went for it. To be onstage with him, it was like a hurricane. It was my introduction to the idea that it’s better to reach for something and miss it than just to hold back and play it safe."
- David Sanborn
Saxophone, Butterfield Blues Band


"We were an interracial band where everybody was equal, but there were parts of the country that didn’t see it that way. People would say something to us and there were some near-confrontations with Butterfield because he would get in their face. He stood up for what he believed in."
- Buzz Feiten
Guitar, Butterfield Blues Band


"Paul was an incredible creative spirit and always kept stretching. As deep as he would go into the roots, he was always pushing the envelope of what blues could be."
- Bonnie Raitt
Recording Artist


"I ain’t bragging on us, but I didn’t see anybody that was better. And we happened to be black and white."

- Sam Lay
Drums, Paul Butterfield Blues Band






Sandra Warren

Executive Producer / Producer

 Sandra Warren

Sandra Warren

Growing up in the 60s, Sandy was a devoted folkie until she heard The Paul Butterfield Blues Band on a
sampler record released by Elektra in 1965 called Folksong ‘65. She was hooked on the music and later
that year rushed out to buy the first full album by the group – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – and in 1966 the second album East-West. After that, she heard the band live on many occasions at the Café Au
Go Go on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. As the years went by and other types of music captured the popular imagination, she always kept her love for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and thought that Paul Butterfield had not received the recognition he deserved. Many years later, after retiring from the full-time practice of law in New York City, Sandy embarked on the mission of bringing a documentary about Paul Butterfield's life and musical legacy to fruition working closely with John Anderson, the Director of the film. She is thrilled that this film about the life and times and the brilliance of Paul Butterfield can now be appreciated by fans of Paul Butterfield, old and new. She is grateful to all the wonderful people who have supported and participated in the creation of the film.

John Anderson

Director / Producer

 John Anderson

John Anderson

John Anderson is a Director, Editor, and Executive Producer whose work has aired on PBS, A&E, MTV, VH1, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, the BBC and elsewhere around the world. His list of directorial clients includes Warner Brothers Records, Capitol/EMI, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment, Soundstage, Image Entertainment, Rhino Home Video, Giant Records and The Walt Disney Company, and his long-form editorial work for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nova, Kurtis Productions and others has won numerous accolades and awards.

Besides an Emmy and nine Emmy nominations, John was nominated for a Grammy for “Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE”, the platinum-selling DVD release from Warner Brothers/Rhino Home Video. The live performance DVD, which Brian Wilson hails as “a masterpiece”, marked Anderson’s fifth DVD collaboration with The Beach Boys leader, including the PBS documentary "The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again”, which he directed, edited and co-wrote.  He produced the big-screen video content that was part of The Beach Boys’ 73-date 2012 reunion tour, and directed and filmed Brian’s performance of the title song in the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy.

The list of other musical artists he has worked with includes Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Ray Davies, Jack White, Elvis Costello, John Prine, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, John Fogerty, Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, John Cage and Tiny Tim.

Recent directorial projects include “Born In Chicago” and “Sam Lay In Bluesland.”

Find out more about John at www.thisisandersonproductions.com.



Email producer@hornfromtheheart.com