April, 1961

April, 1961. Corner of 5th and Broadway. Lorain, OH. It was the last time anyone would see Jacob “Blind Dog” Penny play again. The last time anyone would see him, period. He’d come back home. Back to Paradise Alley. And nobody knew why. Except me. I raised my hands and pretended to snap a picture with a pristine Kodak. We didn’t have cameras on the other side. But I wanted to remember this moment. Blind Dog was here to give me a message…and he knew the price he’d have to pay to speak with me. But first, I’d let him finish his set. He was on fire tonight….