“Everybody want to know why I sing the blues.” —B.B. King

“The blues is an existestential way of dealing with all the problems of life and still smiling and still enduring and prevailing,” says folklorist Bill Ferris. “There is the verse that says, ‘You see me laughing. I’m laughing to keep from crying. You don’t know my mind.’”

Ferris’s Give My Poor Heart Ease is now available as a multimedia experience for tablet computers. “It’s an ideal format for looking at the blues in a deep and powerful way, using the newest technology,” he says.

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