Deep Blue: Part 2

  Johnson’s replacement, Hubert Sumlin, would become Wolf’s greatest collaborator. A young pup whom Burnett regarded as practically an adopted son, Sumlin had been hanging out in Memphis with James … Continue Reading →

The Call of the Wild

Chester Burnett, the otherworldy musician known as Howlin’ Wolf, was born 113 years ago this weekend. Right at the time I was finishing Portrait of the Blues, and an early … Continue Reading →

Happy birthday, jeans!

Today is the 150th anniversary of jeans. It was on this day in 1873 that Levi Strauss patented an idea suggested to him by one of the customers of his … Continue Reading →