Directed by Richard Pearce
Written by Robert Gordon
Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of
Faith, A Family Thing) traces the musical odyssey
of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a
new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B.
King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin'
Wolf and Rufus Thomas.
Says Pearce: "The Blues is a chance to
celebrate one of the last truly indigenous American art forms, before it all but
disappears, swallowed whole by the rock and roll generation it spawned. Hopefully
we'll get there before it's too late."
Performances in The Road to Memphis
Fats Domino *
Rosco Gordon *
Little Richard *
Howlin' Wolf *
The Coasters *
*indicates archival performance
Interviews in The Road to Memphis
Chris Spindel (WDIA program officer)
Don Kern (WDIA Production Manager)
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor
Cato Walker III
Little Milton Campbell