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Steven Johnson has recorded demos of three songs in tribute to his grandfather, the legendary Robert Johnson. Listen to his takes of “Come On In My Kitchen,” “Cross Road Blues” and “Kindhearted Woman Blues.”
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day with an electrifying line-up of exclusive new and collectible 7″ and 12″ vinyl releases.
For RSD 2017, Legacy is offering an extraordinary range of 7″ and 12″ titles from a variety of artists including Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Toto, André 3000, Robert Johnson, Coheed and Cambria, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Moondog, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Johnny Mathis, Ben Folds (with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra), Johnny Cash, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and others.
Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April. RSD 2017 will be celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 22, 2017. To locate your nearest participating RSD 2017 retailer, please visit: http://recordstoreday.com/Stores.
Legacy Recordings Record Store Day 2017 releases include:
Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection – 3LP 12″ vinyl – Numbered
In 1936 and 1937, Robert Johnson recorded two sessions of Delta blues that would profoundly shape the course of rock music over the 20th century. The Complete Recordings: The Centen-nial Collection is the ultimate document of these groundbreaking sessions. All 42 known record-ings are exquisitely remastered on 3 LPs, packaged in a deluxe tri-fold jacket including extensive liner notes–the first time Johnson’s complete recorded works are available in one vinyl package. This set also includes an exclusive bonus poster featuring the original labels of Johnson’s 78 RPM singles, released by Vocalion 80 years ago.
Read about other Record Store Day releases at LegacyRecordings.com.
There are two good pieces of news to share about the ongoing restoration of the Warner Bros. building at 508 Park, the historic site of some of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s most famous recordings and the future site of a street culture museum.
A $2.1 million grant from the Moody Foundation puts Encore Park, as the development is being called, at $10 million of its $18 million goal. Meanwhile, the announcement that renowned museum designer Adrian Gardere—who has consulted on the project from the start—will be officially joining Encore Park’s design team bodes well as development gets closer to the finish line.
Read more at D Magazine.
- Encore Park To Host Robert Johnson Blues Revue Featuring Steven Johnson And Guest Guitarist Holland K. Smith – July 27, 2015
- Step Into Dallas’ Historic 508 Park Building – Star-Telegram – March 13, 2015
- First Phase Of Renovation Completed At Building Where Robert Johnson Recorded His Music – October 23, 2014
- New Life For Dallas Building With Robert Johnson In Its Musical History – March 21, 2013
- Church Plans To Renovate Building Where Robert Johnson Recorded His Influential Music – November 28, 2011
Aerial view of Encore Park. Credit: Carol J. Adams
The Robert Johnson Blues Museum is looking for help! The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation, managed by the family of Robert Johnson, is seeking to raise funds to remodel the museum in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The museum honors the life and legacy of Robert Johnson, and serves as one of the sites on the Mississippi Blues Trail for fans to appreciate the area that gave birth to the blues. The museum project was envisioned by Claud Johnson, son of Robert Johnson, and is now being carried out by his sons, following Claud’s passing this year.
Please visit the Robert Johnson Blues Museum GoFundMe page if you would like to contribute to this cause, or please share the GoFundMe page if you would like to have a part in keeping this legacy alive. Thank you for your support.