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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

First transmitted in 2004, Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops and coalmines.

First transmitted in 2004, this is a stunningly-photographed, thought-provoking road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. Singer Jim White takes his 1970 Chevy Impala through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops, biker bars and coalmines.

Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks the Handsome Family, David Johansen, David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower and old-time banjo player Lee Sexton, and grisly stories from the cult Southern novelist Harry Crews.

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1 hour, 25 minutes


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Jim Reeves

    Welcome To My World

  • Jim White

    Still Waters

  • Cat Power

    Cross Bones Style

  • The Handsome Family

    My Sister's Tiny Hands

  • Jim White

    Cinderblock Walls

  • David Eugene Edwards

    Wayfaring Stranger

  • David Eugene Edwards


  • Jim White

    Alabama Chrome

  • Johnny Dowd with Maggie Brown

    First There Was

  • The Handsome Family

    Cold Cold Cold

  • Johnny Dowd

    Worried Mind

  • Rev Gary Howington

    They Don't Know

  • Rev Gary Howington

    I'm Rooting for That City

  • Rev Gary Howington

    When Jesus Calls My Name

  • Jim White

    Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes

  • The Handsome Family

    When That Helicopter Comes

  • Jim White

    The Wound That Never Heals

  • The Singing Hall Sisters

    Knoxville Girl

  • Johnny Dowd

    One Way

  • Lee Sexton

    Danville Girl

  • Hobart Smith

    Wayfaring Pilgrim

  • David Johansen & Larry Saltzman

    Last Fair Deal

  • Brother Doug Trio

    Meet Me on the Other Side

  • Melissa Swingle

    Amazing Grace

  • Lee Sexton

    Little Maggie

  • Lee Sexton

    Rye Whiskey

  • Jim White

    Borrowed Wings

  • Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley

    The Coo Coo

  • Brother Fred and Sister Brenda

    I Will Praise My Baby

  • Brother Fred and Sister Brenda

    Did My Saviour Die?

  • Jim White

    Christmas Day

  • Johnny Dowd


All American Collection

All American Collection
This programme is part of BBC Four’s All American - a collection of BBC programmes from the archives about US culture. Available online to watch in full.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jim White
Director Andrew Douglas
Producer Andrew Douglas
Producer Martin Rosenbaum
Executive Producer Anthony Wall
Executive Producer Steve Golin
Writer Steve Haisman


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