My Journey

1971

Journey through the Blues Trail in the interactive map below. Travel the original route we took in search of the late, great blues legends by clicking on the stars in the map below.

Journey through the Blues Trail and see the stopping points along the way.

Blues Trail Interactive Map

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Greenup, Kentucky

Bill Williams

Virtually unknown outside of Kentucky, Bill had a ragtime style of playing reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt. He had a fondness for chickens as well.

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Brownsville, Tennessee

Sleepy John Estes

A railroad gang leader who suffered from narcolepsy, hence the nickname “Sleepy.” He recorded the songs he had played and sang while working the rails.

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Memphis, Tennessee

Furry Lewis

The best known of the “rediscovered” Blues musicians that we visited. He earned his fame on Beale Street playing at W.C. Handy’s Club, PeeWee’s.

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Rosedale, Louisiana

Robert Pete Williams

Was “discovered” at Louisiana's Angola State prison in 1959. One of the most idiosyncratic voices in the Blues, his stories and hypnotic guitar evoked the West African work songs of centuries before.

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Lake Mary, Mississippi

Scott Dunbar

A fishing guide and lakeside entertainer in southwest Mississippi, he learned his songs from working on a plantation.

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Robinsonville (now Tunica), Mississippi

Woodrow Adams

Recorded in the 50s and 60s with Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williams before returning to sharecropping.

Fifty years in the making, this film contrasts my experiences in the south from 1970 to today. My journey, then and now, showcases the evolution of blues musicians, history, tourism, and culture. An amazing 50-year journey of which I'm excited to finally share.

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Ted Reed

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Tim Treadway

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Woodrow Adams


Robinsonville, MS
1917-1988

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Bill Williams


Greenup, KY
1897-1973

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Furry Lewis


Memphis, TN
1893-1981

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Scott Dunbar


Lake Mary, MS
1904-1994

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Robert Pete Williams


Rosedale, MA
1914-1980

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Sleepy John Estes


Brownsville, TN
1900-1977