South Loop’s Overflow Coffee carries on the legacy of Vee-Jay Records.
Blues patriarch Big Daddy Kinsey had three sons who played together as the Kinsey Report.
The Aces are best known as a backing band, but they took the lead when it came to the future of the blues.
John Littlejohn’s raw slide-guitar style grew from the same soil that produced Elmore James, but he never became a star outside the Windy City.
For two decades, a short stretch of Michigan Avenue hosted a concentration of creative entrepreneurship whose influence on Black popular music is still felt today.
Sorely underrecognized guitarist Smilin’ Bobby cut his teeth on Chicago’s west side, learning from the likes of Magic Sam and Magic Slim.
Johnny B. Moore launched his career as a full-time bluesman in 1975 with the great Koko Taylor, and he’s still kicking today.
Eddie Taylor taught Jimmy Reed to play and backed the likes of John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, and Sunnyland Slim.
Blues guitarist Eddie C. Campbell needs help getting home after a heart attack and stroke on the road in Germany.
Steven Lattimore explores the musical legacy and business struggles of the bluesman behind “Bright Lights, Big City” and “Big Boss Man” in his documentary “The Jimmy Reed Experience.” It screens Tuesday 2/15 at Dominican University, along with a legal panel and jam session.
A modest new Christmas collection from Strut Records brings the funk to the holidays.