The Blues

The Blues

2003, Other, Other
Directors explore music through their own personal connections.

Episode Guide

  • The Blues - Piano Blues (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Piano Blues

    Director Clint Eastwood explores his passion for piano blues through interviews with Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Dr. John.

  • The Blues - Red, White & Blues (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Red, White & Blues

    Director Mike Figgis examines the influences of blues musicians Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King on 1960s British artists; Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison and Lulu improvise on classic blues pieces.

  • The Blues - Godfathers and Sons (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Godfathers and Sons

    In director Marc Levin's film, rapper Chuck D and producer Marshall Chess explore the heyday of Chicago blues; performance footage of Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner.

  • The Blues - Warming by the Devil's Fire (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Warming by the Devil's Fire

    Director Charles Burnett explores his own childhood in a story about a young boy's meeting with his family in 1955 Mississippi and the tensions between gospel and blues music.

  • The Blues - The Road to Memphis (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Road to Memphis

    Director Richard Pearce traces the musical odyssey of blues musician B.B. King and pays tribute to Memphis, Tenn.

  • The Blues - The Soul of a Man (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Soul of a Man

    Director Wim Wenders explores the dramatic tension between the sacred and the profane in the music of Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J.B. Lenoir.

  • The Blues - Feel Like Going Home (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Feel Like Going Home

    Director Martin Scorsese traces the origins of the blues from Mali to Mississippi; featuring archival footage and performances by Corey Harris, Willie King, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Otha Turner, Habib Koité, Salif Keita, Ali Farka Touré.