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The city of Greenwood, where Robert Johnson died in 1938, is holding a four-day celebration in early May to honor the centennial of Robert Johnson that will feature an art exhibit, a panel on Johnson’s life, a church service led by Johnson’s grandson Steven Johnson, and free concerts featuring artists including 95-year-old Honeyboy Edwards, who says that he was with Johnson the night he was reputedly poisoned fatally, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb’ Mo’, Bobby Rush, Kenny Brown, Warren Haynes, and others.
A series of celebrations around the country have already begun, notably a Johnson-themed national tour with the Big Head Blues Club, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Honeyboy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and the duo of Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. All of these artists – as well as B.B. King, Ruthie Foster, and Charlie Musselwhite – appear on the recent album 100 Years of Robert Johnson by the “Big Head Blues Club,” which features interpretations of ten Johnson songs.
Steven Johnson, the grandson of blues legend Robert Johnson was in Jackson, MS, today to celebrate what would’ve been his 100th birthday. You can watch a video news report at WAPT.com.
If Robert Johnson were alive today, he would have turned 100 years old.
In recognition of his centennial, a proclamation honoring the Hazlehurst native was presented on the senate floor.
Johnson’s family accepted the resolution, which recognized the Delta bluesman’s contribution to the arts.
You can read more at WLBT.com, and watch the video report below.
Robert Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Robert Johnson was born May 8, 1911 in Hazelhurst, MS.