Since it’s the 225th anniversary of my home state of Georgia’s ratification of the Constitution, I was examining lists of Georgia-born musicians, and ran across this fine recording from Bumble Bee Slim, who gradually made his way to California after becoming a Chicago Blues fixture for a while. Here he is with “Pains in My Body.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.