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Risks and challenges
The major challenge in completing this project is a race against time. We started collecting our interviews over 10 years ago, but due to unforseen problems and staffing at the station we were unable to complete them. Another major concern was the uncertain life span of the performers. We had collected in-depth interviews with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who was was 75 when he died September 16, 2011. Willie "Pine top" Perkins passed at the age of 97 in 2011. His project was pending. We were in the process of putting together the David "Honey Boy" Edwards special when he passed August 29, 2011. Too we had an extensive talk with T-Model Ford, but did not get a chance to present him a copy of his life's story before he passed on July 16, 2013. Mississippi Slim, and Little Dave Thompson are only a few others who are in the archives waiting to be produced and broadcast to the world. We believe that the performers should be lauded by those they help the most by lending their names and fame to our communities in the Mississippi Delta and the state as a whole. It is for this reason we would like to give them their flowers while they are alive. Production of these shows and broadcasting them around the world will be a display of our gratitude to them as well as an education to people everywhere. This could have a profound effect on the preservation and education of the Blues.
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