David "HoneyBoy" Edwards and B.B. King explain how rare electric guitars were in the farm communities of the rural south, in this clip from Soundbreaking, due to their expense and the fact that many people did not have electricity. As rural musicians migrated north to Chicago, a shift in focus occurred from the acoustic to the electric guitar in the Blues.
This video is part of a lesson plan called Going Electric: How Electricity Helped Bring The Guitar to the Forefront of Popular Music. Find more resources in the Soundbreaking collection.