The Road To Robert Johnson
The Road To Robert Johnson by Unknown at Your Free Album. MPN: CDJSP7795. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Robert Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, on May 8, 1911. When he was seven, Robert was sent south to Robinsonville, where his mother - estranged from Robert's father - now lived. Robert took to music in his early teens. In 1930, he met Son House, although he failed to impress him. He took up instead with Alabama-born guitarist, Ike Zinnerman. The tracks collected here provide a short-list of examples of songs that may have inspired Johnson. In some cases, it is the tune that he's adap
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Robert Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, on May 8, 1911. When he was seven, Robert was sent south to Robinsonville, where his mother - estranged from Robert's father - now lived. Robert took to music in his early teens. In 1930, he met Son House, although he failed to impress him. He took up instead with Alabama-born guitarist, Ike Zinnerman. The tracks collected here provide a short-list of examples of songs that may have inspired Johnson. In some cases, it is the tune that he's adapted, in others it's a verse or a turn of phrase or a style of singing that he molded into a seamless whole that was both unique and replete with influences. Robert Johnson liked to imply that he was related to Lonnie Johnson - elements of the older man's style would surface in the younger's material. Thus it's possible to hear evocations of Lonnie in Robert's Malted Milk and Drunken Hearted Man. He met Son House again. This time, House was impressed. House laid the groundwork for the 'trip to the crossroads' and all the nonsense written about it. Thereafter, Robert took to working an itinerary of country settlements where folks flocked to hear him. In the autumn of 1936 he auditioned for H.C. Speir who passed him on to ARC. Robert cut sixteen songs over the course of five days. Three remained unissued at the time. Thirteen more were recorded in Dallas over a weekend in June 1937. Robert Johnson's recording career was over. On Saturday August 13, he was playing outside Greenwood, Mississippi. Rice Miller was with him. Robert was hitting on the owner's wife. Miller had already prevented him drinking from a bottle with a broken seal but wasn't there to prevent him from sampling a second. Before the end of the evening, he was suffering the symptoms of strychnine poisoning. He died on Tuesday, August 16, 1938. One thing's certain, the overall level of achievement distilled into such a small body of work is unequalled.
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Blues / Traditional Blues
5.25 x 1.75 x 4.75 inches
5.12 x 1.81 x 5.51 inches
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