A Century at the Crossroads
Robert Johnson was born in 1911 in the Mississippi Delta. The legend is that he was known to be an alright harmonica player and a pretty awful guitarist, until one fateful night when he made a deal with the devil. He sold his soul to be the greatest blues man ever and became a modern version of the Faustian myth. But the hell-hounds that were on his trail eventually caught up to him and he died at age 27. According to author, Julian Finn, Johnson may have been referring to Legba, a trickster deity, who was summoned in Voodoo rituals by a Root Doctor. Finn claims that the symbolism of his lyrics suggest that Johnson may have been initiated into a Voodoo cult. During his lifetime, he only had 2 recording sessions and never reached commercial success. When his recordings were reissued in 1961, however, he went on to become one of the most influential artists of all time. His songs were reinterpreted by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers to name a few. He was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and even received a Grammy for Lifetime Achivement Award in 2006.
"100 Years of Robert Johnson" is another chapter in the legacy of Robert Johnson. The Big Head Blues Club features B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm. All 10 tracks on this album truly capture the soulful blues of Robert Johnson.
To win a copy of "100 Years of Robert Johnson," tell us whether you think he did sell his soul to play some mean guitar, or you can also share your favorite memories listening to his music. The 2 best comments will win. Contest ends Thursday 3/10 at Midnight out on the Crossroads.Tweet