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.
First Aired: September 30, 2003
Director Richard Pearce tracks the odyssey of B.B. King and how he helped establish Memphis as a blues mecca. Included: performances by King, Bobby Rush, Ike Turner and Rosco Gordon. Also: interviews with Rufus Thomas and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips (1923-2003).