A new television documentary traces the roots of contemporary Chicago blues over several generations to rural Mississippi. Six Generations of the Blues
premieres locally tonight at 8 p.m. on public television station WYCC
. The two-hour special also traces the 30-year history of Earwig Music
, where many elder statesmen of the blues have made their creative homeâ€”folks like Sunnyland Slim, Big Jack Johnson, the Jelly Roll Kings and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The Earwig label got its start when founder Michael Frank struck up a friendship with Honeyboy not long after moving to the Windy City in the early '70s.