The story of one man’s journey through blues music to spiritual redemption. 82-year-old Richard Trice was one of the last survivors of the heyday of the blues in Durham, North Carolina in the 1930s. Through his memory and the memory of others, a world of African American family, music and community emerges. The film is a celebration of the Piedmont blues and an intimate document of Trice look back and giving meaning to his life.

Documentary  •  2000  •  49 minutes   •  4×3  •  English

Film Credits

Directors – Kenny Dalsheimer and Jamie Hysjulien

Composer/Original Music – Scott Ainslie

Additional Music – Richard Trice, Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis, John Dee Holeman and Willie Trice


Honorable Mention – Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2000

Silver Award – Worldfest Houston, 2001


Kenny and Jamie have produced a thoughtful portrait of Richard Trice and the Durham blues scene of 60 years ago that still echoes in the community today....In the process, they have also created a quiet reflection on the spiritual journey of one man and the place and power of memory in his life.

Glen Hinson, Chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC-CH

Dalsheimer and Hysjulien have captured the memory of one man's experience. And in doing so, they salute not the heroes of the blues, but the hundreds of players who never made it big, yet nonetheless made it real.

Roberta Penn, Independent Weekly

A well rounded and intimate portrait of Trice and a rich chronicle of his apprenticeship during a unique time and place in American musical history. Recommended for all music collections.

Library Journal, May 2000