Gene Barge has done his most influential work as a sideman or producer, but he’s just as important as any of R&B’s marquee stars.
Holle Thee Maxwell’s long career has taken her through several genres and across the world—but it’s never made her a star.
Blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson, still going strong at 91, released his newest album just four months ago.
The new compilation No Other Love shines a light on a self-reliant strain of midwest gospel that’s survived outside the mainstream for more than 50 years.
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.
At 90 years old, Mississippi-born guitarist Jimmy Johnson is a walking master class in modern blues greatness.
Cash McCall has moved from gospel to soul to blues, and his best-known song is still the 1966 single “When You Wake Up.”
As a house drummer for Chess Records in the late 60s, Morris Jennings kicked off a five-decade career that never brought him into the spotlight himself.
This year’s Chicago Blues Festival bustles with a diversity of traditions and talents—including Irma Thomas, Lazy Lester, Wee Willie Walker, John Primer, and tributes to Otis Rush and Otis Clay.
This tribute set to Chicago soul legend Otis Clay, anchored by his final working band, features Cicero Blake, Theo Huff, Willie Rogers of the Soul Stirrers, and more.
Celebrate the life of Otis Clay with the original 1967 version of his classic song “That’s How It Is.”
Win a piece of Chicago soul history by answering five ridiculously difficult trivia questions!
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
The best shows to see through Sunday include DonChristian & Rahel, Otis Clay, and Sam Prekop.
For six decades, Fletcher Weatherspoon has been a pillar of Chicago’s African-American social-club scene. On Mother’s Day, he had his last dance.