I Got the Blues so Bad

Against the backdrop of oppression, poverty, hard work and hard times, the inability for a people to give voice to their social conditions sparked the birth of a powerful musical art form that was simply called “The Blues.” This program looks at the history of the Blues across North Carolina and specifically in the NC town considered the home of the Blues, Durham. Interviews include Blues legends John Dee Holeman of Durham, George Higgs of Tarboro and Mike “Lightning” Wells of Greene County. The program discuses the history of the Blues, entertains viewers with samples of this music style and explores the future of this art form. This locally produced special first aired in February 2005.