Ben Wiley Payton plays his acoustic blues like a painter uses color on canvas; he brings passion and creativity to every note. In this clip, Ben speaks about his duty to keep his art alive in a modern world that doesn’t know how to appreciate the beauty of the blues.

Filmed and edited by Hannah Nemer, Stephani Zakutansky, and Dillon Patel

This piece was produced in the undergraduate course “Multimedia Documentary” (spring 2013) taught at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, in partnership with Music Maker Relief Foundation and Duke Service-Learning.

Visit the class website “Field Recordings” that features this video and other material from the class projects:


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