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You never know what you’ll find in a stack of old records, which is part of what has driven Jerry Weber for four decades. Last week, the owner of the world-famous Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill gave a man he didn’t know $50 for several boxes of old albums found while cleaning out an attic. They sat in a hallway at Jerry’s for a couple days before anyone looked at them. Among a collection of mostly junky, water-damaged, stuck-together discs, he found what he calls “the holy grail of 78s.”
It’s a 78 rpm copy of “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” (on Vocalion), the second song ever recorded by late Mississippi blues legend Robert Johnson, in 1936.
Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Legendary blues great Robert Johnson will be honored with a road dedication on Interstate 55 in Copiah County. The “Robert L. Johnson Memorial Highway” will be designated along a 13-mile stretch of highway. The ceremony will take place on October 26th at 10 a.m. local time near Exit 72 on I-55 South.
Read more from The Associated Press.
The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation is proud to present the Robert Johnson Crossroads Celebration, to be held October 27th at the Alamo Theatre in Jackson, MS. The show will star the Robert Johnson International Blues Revue, featuring grandson Steven Johnson and musician Vasti Jackson, along with Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King and special guests Keiko Komaki, the Cedric Burnside Project and Billy Gibson. More information is in the flyer below, which you can share with your friends!
You can purchase tickets by clicking the PayPal button below. After your purchase is confirmed, please print and keep your receipt. The receipt is your ticket to the show!
Do you have what it takes to win this year’s Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award? The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian musicians ages 13-18. Just fill out our entry form and submit a YouTube video that showcases your talent, and you will be entered to win! Your entry must be submitted by 12 a.m. ET on September 30, 2012. The winner will receive prizes including a Robert Johnson Signature Series Gibson Guitar and will be invited to perform at the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation’s annual Festival in 2013. Enter now and read our official rules!
Robert Johnson & Johnny Shines
Here is video from the Robert Johnson International Blues Revue’s Robert Johnson At 100 performance of “Traveling Riverside Blues” at City Winery in New York. With Steven Johnson (grandson of Robert Johnson), Vasti Jackson, Keb Mo, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Sugar Blue, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, and Colin Linden.