Muddy Waters home on South Lake Park, Tuesday, May 28, 2013. | John H. White~Sun-Times
Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson visits the boarded-up home at 4339 S. Lake Park. | JOHN H. WHITE~SUN~TIMES
Kenny Smith, now 38, lives near the Muddy Waters house and says, “To me and people across the world, this is a blues monument.” | John H. White~Sun-Times
In an old family photo, Kenny Smith plays near the steps of 4339 S. Lake Park, where his family lived after Muddy Waters moved out in 1973. | COURTESY KENNY SMITH
Kenny Smith’s father, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (right), played drums for Muddy Waters (left) for more than a decade.
Anyone can sit on the front steps of the empty house at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. On the surface, the view is west out of North Kenwood. But you feel something very global. Howlin’ Wolf walked up these light red steps. So did Chuck …