Daylight Video

Piedmont Blues musician Barbecue Bob was born as Robert Hicks on this day in 1902, in Walnut Grove, Georgia. Here he is performing “Mississippi Heavy Water Blues,” a tune about the Great Flood of 1927,

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.