In his own words and his “own” music, Lightnin’ Hopkins reveals the inspiration for his blues. He signs, jives, ponders. He boogies at an outdoor barbecue and a black rodeo, and takes you with him on a homecoming visit to his boyhood home of Centerville, Texas. Blank has captured Lightnin’ blues in their fullest darkest power. The film reaches “past the impish bluesman himself into the blues itself, into the red-clay Texas, into hard times, into black-ness, into the senses… you begin to understand the reasons why black Texas people might be in love with this land and yet angry with the poverty.