Sweet Old Song


Episode Info

From July 2002: A profile of 93-year-old fiddle and mandolin legend Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong (he also paints and writes poetry) from the point of view of his wife, Barbara Ward, who's in her early 60s and is an artist and writer herself. Ward narrates the film, which chronicles their courtship (they met in 1983), samples Armstrong's music and follows them to his Tennessee home town, where painful memories of segregation are eased by accolades (including a day in his honor). And when he visits the cemetery where his parents are buried, he's upbeat. "Nobody's carrying me," he says.