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Jun 16

The story of a blues legend from Mississippi will play out Friday night on the stage of the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

"Robert Johnson: The Man, the Myth & the Music" - starring blues musician Vasti Jackson - focuses on the events surrounding the much fabled life of Johnson and presents some of his more obscure tunes.

Jackson said it is important that people understand the play will not just be "a guy on the porch with an acoustic guitar."

"The play's going to be a great forum for edutainment," he said. "It's going to provide a lot of information and a lot of music."

Read more at HattiesburgAmerican.com.

Blues musician Vasti Jackson will portray blues legend Robert Johnson in the play Robert Johnson: The Man, the Myth & the Music

World-renowned blues musician Vasti Jackson will portray blues legend Robert Johnson in the play “Robert Johnson: The Man, the Myth & the Music” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Saenger Theater.

Jun 10

Join us at the 32nd Annual Mississippi Picnic, this Saturday June 11th in New York's Central Park. Michael Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson, is on the agenda at 2 p.m. EDT to tell the legend of his grandfather, and how he is said to have "sold his soul to the devil." Please view our Events section for more information.

Jun 08

The 100th birthday of Robert Johnson will be celebrated at the annual Chicago Blues Festival this weekend, featuring a panel discussion with Steven Johnson, his grandson. The Blues Fest, which runs from Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th, will be held at Grant Park, Michigan Avenue and Congress Drive, in Chicago. Admission is free. You can visit ChicagoBluesFestival.us for more information.

May 25

Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has reviewed Robert Johnson's "The Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition," noting "the clarity on this new collection is not to believed. The improvement is one of leaps and bounds. ... The richness, raw emotion and pain that was in Johnson's voice and the sound of his guitar playing – it's all right there. Such a spooky vibe. Sonically, it's a wonder."

Shepherd wrote, "For a guy like me, listening to Robert Johnson is always quite humbling. When I pick up an acoustic guitar and I try to play the blues, the first guy I think of, always, is Robert Johnson. And it's not like I'm trying to copy him; I'm just inspired by him. Truthfully, I'm not capable of copying him."

Read the complete review at MusicRadar.com.

May 25

There are watershed moments in the history of popular music when the planets align, and the sense of change is palpable. Moments when the right guitar, in the hands of the right player, at precisely the right time causes a seismic shift and redraws the landscape. MusicRadar has ranked Robert Johnson at No. 1 on its list of these moments, noting that his impact on modern popular music "is hard to overstate."

Read more at MusicRadar.com.

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