Bluesman Johnny Shines spent the late 30s on the road with the great Robert Johnson, then lived long enough to win a W.C. Handy Award in the 90s.
Bluesman Johnnie Temple cut dozens of sides for Decca, including several with famous Chicago jazz band the Harlem Hamfats.
In I’ll Take You There, Tribune critic Greg Kot tracks the Staple Singers’ march toward freedom.
Record Store Day is a good day to remember that legendary early blues-and-jazz label Paramount was a subsidiary of a furniture company.