Can the development of a music form, in this case “the blues”, tell the story of America?

Spanning 300 years of music history, from America’s deep south to Detroit, New York and more, this captivating documentary traces the evolution of the blues timed to pivotal moments in American history.

Acclaimed Director Jon Brewer (American Master’s B.B. King: The Life of Riley and Chuck Berry) lovingly defragments the history of not only blues music but also the plight of the people in America’s deep south, bringing the story of the blues to life through powerful interviews, live musical performances and sweeping landscapes.

During the filming, Brewer discovered that there was no music called ‘the blues’ when its creators just stepped into a new feel of musical expressionism. It was just a means of releasing a lifetime of pain and oppression from which the music… momentarily… set them free.

The tell the story, the film features numerous members of the artistic community including, but not limited to:

Morgan Freeman

Chuck Berry


Bill Wyman

B.B. King

Jake Bugg

Carlos Santana

Ronnie Wood

Eric Clapton

Leon Russell

George Thorogood

T-Bone Walker

Merlie Evers

Dr. John

John Mayall

Buddy Guy

Robert Cray

Bobby Rush

and more…

2019 / 90 Minutes / Color & Black and White / A film by Jon Brewer


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