From the sanctified shout of the gospel church to the coal mines of West Virginia to the cotton fields of Mississippi, music provided relief from tough lives and hard times. New rhythms were born in the echoes of stomping feet, the bite of pick-axes and the ambling gait of tired mules. Almost a century later, the quest for singers remembered only as vague names on battered shellac discs brings those stories back to life. Musicians featured: Elder J.E. Burch, Dick Justice, the Williamson Brothers and Curry, Frank Hutchison, Howlin’ Wolf, Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Lockwood Jr., Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James, and Taj Mahal. Narrated by Robert Redford.