In 1966, Alan Lomax persuaded the Newport Folk Festival Board to allow him to film that year’s festival, for which many renowned folk musicians, some in their retirement, had been sought out and invited. The filming was of stage performances and of part of a simulated juke-joint — an informal, intimate performance space improvised by Lomax, where artists could feel at ease and the music could flow more naturally. Portions of this footage were edited into videos. These recordings constitute the complete soundtrack. They feature music and interviews by Son House, Howling Wolf, Skip James, Bukka White, Canray Fontenot, Bois Sec Ardoin, Clark Kessinger, Liam Clancy, Joe Heaney, Growling Tiger, Dixie Hummingbirds, Swan Silvertones, Gospel Harmonettes, Bessie Jones, Janie Hunter, Jimmy Driftwood, Dock Boggs, Kilby Snow, and others.