“It’s all about feeling. You can play a thousand notes a minute and it goes straight across the board and there is no feeling, it doesn’t mean anything.”
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, “B.B. King: The Life of Riley” examines the life of blues guitar legend through a sophisticated combination of archive footage and high-profile interviews. Familiar faces include Buddy Guy, one of King’s own contemporaries, as well as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Bono.
Director Jon Brewer’s background as a manager for David Bowie and The Rolling Stones — two musical acts profoundly influenced by the blues — contributes to the film’s credibility as a measure of cultural impact. As the opening scene seems to suggest, the film does not aspire to objectivity. In fact, the sentimentality expressed for King and his legacy is key to what makes the blues, the blues.
Check out the B.B. King site to find out when the film will be playing in a city near you. You can watch the full trailer below. “B.B. King: The Life of Riley” premieres on VOD June 1st and DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms June 17th.