Under the guiding hand and large eyebrows of Martin Scorsese (pictured), seven directors will explore The Blues this fall on PBS. The seven films explore how the blues evolved from parochial folk tunes to a universal language, and they are each helmed by a well-known director: Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Richard Pearce, Charles Burnett, Marc Levin, Mike Figgs and Clint Eastwood. The series premieres on Sunday, September 28, but as they as say, check your local listings. Here’s the lineup, with descriptions, lifted wholesale from PBS and reformatted so that you don’t get the blues trying to figure out what you want to watch:
Feel Like Going Home by Martin Scorsese * Sunday, September 28
Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner and Ali Farka Touré) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker).