Episode 2

The Devil's Music, Series 2 Episode 2 of 4

Duration: 25 minutes

First transmitted in 1979. Blues music was also often sung by travelling singers on the American music circuit. Performers such as Laura Dukes captivated on-the-road audiences, and similar Blues performers were also frequently featured in travelling minstrel shows.Alexis Korner continues in his exploration into the soulful world of American Blues music, discovering that Blues songs were often based on the singers' home town.

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  • BBC Four Blues Collection

    Blues Collection
    This programme is part a collection of BBC programmes featuring influential blues musicians, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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  • All American Collection

    All American Collection
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  • More about this programme

    The Blues is not always 'feeling down' music. This programme is about 'Good Time Blues'. It focuses on Blues singers who made their living by moving around playing to audiences wherever they could find them. Sam Chatmon would quit his farm work during the slack season and go on tour, perhaps up through Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee and back again, cracking jokes, telling stories and singing a love song along the way.
  • About BBC Four Collection programmes

    Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required.


Alexis Korner
Sam Chatmon
James Deshay
Laura Dukes
Little Brother Mongomery
Big Joe Williams
Maddalena Fagandini
Giles Oakley


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  • Blues

    Blues programmes featuring influential musicians including B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

  • All American

    A collection of programmes from the BBC archives exploring culture in the USA.

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