Pianist Little Brother Montgomery straddled blues, boogie-woogie, and jazz—and bridged prewar southern blues and the electric Chicago style.
Bluesman Ernest “Little Son Joe” Lawlers was overshadowed by his wife, the great Memphis Minnie, but you might remember his “Black Rat Swing.”
He his biggest hit as raunchy bluesman Georgia Tom Dorsey, but today he’s known as “the father of gospel music.”
Influential slide guitarist Tampa Red recorded 335 sides of hokum and jump blues between 1928 and ’53 but died largely forgotten in ’81
A tribute to prewar bluesmen Joe and Charlie McCoy will help buy headstones for their unmarked south-side graves.