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In a forgotten corner of downtown, on a street rarely traveled, stands one of the city’s rarest treasures.
“People come from all over the world to Dallas, and they’re going one of two places that I know of,” said Pat Bywaters, a member of the 508 Park Project. “Most of them are probably going to the JFK memorial. And if anybody else is going anywhere, they’re coming here.”
The building at 508 Park Avenue is a music Mecca for Blues aficionados. On the third floor of this now-abandoned building, during the height of the Great Depression, a wandering musician from Mississippi named Robert Johnson recorded 13 songs in a makeshift studio.
Read more at KHOU.com.
Fifteen-year-old Josh Achiron of Atlanta, Georgia is the 2012 winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award.
Josh began playing guitar after visiting Graceland at the age of six. One of Josh’s first guitars was an acoustic baby Martin, which he used while performing at school functions while he was still in elementary school.
Josh’s interest in music can be traced back to his parents – his mother was a modern jazz dancer, and his father was a percussionist and music major at Emory University.
Josh began listening to jazz and blues at a young age, and has been heavily influenced by Eric Clapton, Hiram Bullock and Pat Martino. In 2012, he was a finalist in the Guitar Center’s King of the Blues, the Lee Ritenour/Yamaha Six String Competition for blues guitar and finished 5th in the world at the prestigious International Guitar Foundation of America Classical Guitar Youth Competition.
Josh plans to continue studying both classical and jazz/blues guitar, and to continue writing songs and performing. He hopes to one day attend a University Music Conservatory program and to pursue a career in music.
The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation is honored to recognize Josh Achiron as 2012’s New Generation Award winner.
The screenplay Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson by Alan Greenberg was recently reprinted by the University of Minnesota Press. If you’ve never read the screenplay or are looking for a new copy in paperback, the latest edition is available at Amazon.com. The book includes a foreword by Martin Scorsese and introduction by Stanley Crouch.
A new Mississippi Blues Trail marker was unveiled this week to recognize the artists who were born or raised in the Alligator community in the Delta. Robert Johnson briefly lived in the area near Alligator and New Africa.
Read more about the new marker at the Mississippi Blues Trail.