The Road To Memphis

An episode of Martin Scorsese’s The Blues
Robert Gordon, Writer & Associate Producer
Directed by Richard Pearce

By far the best film in the series thus far has been the third, “The Road to Memphis” by Richard Pearce. Pearce respects the music and the musicians, his photography and editing are superb, and he never turns the film into an homage to his own sensibility…. Richard Pearce’s very fine study of B. B. King and the road is all a reasonable man, woman, or child could want in a blues documentary….  well-crafted, respectful, joyous and loving documentary unfold. Pearce creates a sense of music as lived experience rather than music as a canvas on which an auteur paints his own picture about the meaning of it all. This is a rich piece of work. — Counterpunch magazine