Hanway Films

Road to Memphis

Road to Memphis

The Blues Collection


Richard Pearce

B. B. King
Ike Turner
Rufus Thomas


Featuring: Fats Domino, Rosco Gordon, B.B. King, Little Milton, Little Richard, Bobby Rush, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, The Coasters.

Director Richard Pearce 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 'n' roll generation it spawned. Hopefully we'll get there before it's too late."

US | English | 2003 | 120 mins