| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:00 PM
When Jody Williams took the stage Wednesday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, he didn't dive into a rendition of the blues standard "Don't Start Me to Talkin'." But it might have been appropriate.
The 78-year-old Williams, a...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Ask Jody Williams about Howlin' Wolf's legacy, and he'll rattle off remarkable numbers about the old Chicago bluesman.
Not chart statistics. Measurements.
"Well, he was a pretty big man," said Williams, 78, who played guitar for Wolf (a.k.a. Chester...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:50 PM
In terms of record sales, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf have nothing on U2 or Mariah Carey — no No. 1 singles or albums between them. But pop music history would be inconceivable without their influence. Here are a few places it can be found:...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 12:32 PM
The look on William "MoBetta" Ledbetter's face told the story. When he stepped into the administrative office at Kecoughtan High School Thursday afternoon, 17-year-old, guitar-playing blues musician was anything but blue.
There were hugs, smiles, laughs...
| Dec 10, 2011
When Howlin' Wolf romped through "Wang Dang Doodle" or thundered in "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," the snarling guitar that accompanied him belonged to one of the greatest bluesmen to pick up the instrument: Hubert Sumlin.
The cry of Sumlin's guitar ...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 5:59 PM
Over the course of three hours of conversation at a roadside diner here called Pete's Henny Penny, Tom Waits, the singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, actor and note taker, will offer the following similes and metaphors, seemingly at random though...
| Feb 12, 2012
On Nov. 22, 1981, the Rolling Stones paid tribute to black history at the Checkerboard Lounge on East 43rd Street. In town for concerts at the then-Rosemont Horizon, the famed rock group made a pilgrimage to the South Side, where their musical style and...
| May 1, 2011
The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special.
On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 7:52 AM
"Few can claim to have forged an entirely original genre of music, but in 1966, Corky Siegel did just that. Guiding the blues of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters out of the smoky cavern of Big John's and onto the stages of the Chicago Symphony, New...
| Nov 26, 2011
On a recent Wednesday night at Blue Chicago, a long-running club downtown, you had to elbow your way forward just to get past the doorman. Men and women in business suits — collars loosened, beers in hand — packed the place, barely leaving...
| Jan 16, 2012
If there's such a sound as "authentic" Chicago blues, there's one player, one man, one artist who still delivers that musical genre like no one else. Buddy Guy is now the nation's most influential blues guitarist. He's won six Grammys, he's in the Rock...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 10:59 AM
When guitarist Pete Anderson straps on his ax, it's a loaded, calm-before-the-storm moment. When he gets down to business, conjuring an eruptive musical cascade of flawless technique, seductive understatement and indigo-hued atmosphere, it's a...