Blues Trail Revisited: Then and now

Back in 1971, a couple of young college kids, film students named Ted Reed and Tim Treadway, drove through America’s South to find and record some of the last living blues legends who were inspiring much of the rocking blues of Sixties.

No longer relegated to juke joints in the deep south or urban centers, the blues were exploding in popular music and culture, an on the nation’s airways of the time. The backbone of many stars of that rock era — Led Zepplin, Cream and the Rolling Stones — adopted the feel, the sounds and cadence of the deep south.

On that journey five decades ago, the 20-something pair recorded — on black and white film — some of the very roots of that particular brand of American popular music. With Treadway in tow, Reed traveled from Boston to Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi, and spent several weeks on their search.