Whether you buy into the legend of Robert Johnson meeting the Devil down at the crossroads and exchanging his soul for musical immortality or not, the recordings the man made in 1936 and 1937 are works of an immense talent. Johnson’s influence on blues and rock music is unquestionable. Among his followers are a who’s who of British and American superstars, many of whom are inductees in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. This music is the real deal, and the primitive quality of the recordings actually enhances the haunting voice and obvious mastery of the guitar that the man possessed. Many have covered his songs as a tribute to Johnson’s legacy and influence, but none have captured the true essence of the original recordings. Check them out and hear for yourself.
Written By Braddon S. Williams