The Blues Episodes

2003, TV Show

Episode Detail: Warming by the Devil's Fire - The Blues

Director Charles Burnett recalls a free-spirited uncle in an episode that mixes dramatic re-creations of Burnett's introduction to the blues with archival footage. Uncle Buddy: Tommy Redmond Hicks. Junior: Nathaniel Lee Jr. Clips: Big Bill Broonzy; Muddy Waters; Willie Dixon; John Lee Hooker; Son House; Mississippi John Hurt; Rev. Gary Davis; T-Bone Walker; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Mamie Smith; Sonny Boy Williamson II. Narrated by Carl Lumbly.

Episodes: The Blues (7)

10/4/2003: Piano Blues    Season 1, Episode 7
10/3/2003: Red, White and Blues    Season 1, Episode 6
10/2/2003: Godfathers and Sons    Season 1, Episode 5
10/1/2003: Warming by the Devil's Fire    Season 1, Episode 4
9/30/2003: The Road to Memphis    Season 1, Episode 3
9/29/2003: The Soul of a Man    Season 1, Episode 2
9/28/2003: Feel Like Going Home    Season 1, Episode 1

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Premiered: September 28, 2003, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Seven directors (including Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese) interpret facets of the blues in a superb series that juxtaposes archival footage, interviews and performances. Among those included: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Taj Mahal and hip-hop stars Chuck D and Common. Scorsese is the executive producer.

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