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Happy Birthday to Robert Johnson! Today marks the 101st anniversary of the legendary Blues guitarist’s birth. Check out this video at Music Matters and share it with friends!
Have you ordered “The Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition” yet? Supplies are limited, so get yours today before it sells out!
Take a video tour of Greenwood, Mississippi to see the places that Robert Johnson frequented and where he is said to be laid to rest.
It may have technically been a year late, but the centennial birthday tribute to Robert Johnson at the Apollo Theater was a fitting celebration of one of the most influential musicians who ever lived. Johnson recorded a mere 29 songs in two sessions more than seven decades ago, and a star-studded line-up performed a good portion of them. If the blues legend did indeed sell his soul to the devil, his spirit is clearly still reaping the rewards.
An eclectic assemblage of musicians gathered for this evening designed to raise funds for the building of a blues hall of fame in Memphis. Besides a gallery of blues artists, there were representatives from the worlds of rock (Living Colour, Todd Rundgren), soul (Macy Gray), hip-hop (Chuck D), and Latin music (Pedrito Martinez Group), among many others.
Hosted by actor Joe Morton, the evening appropriately opened with an invocation by the Reverend Steven Johnson, Johnson’s grandson. The truly awesome house band featured no less than Keb Mo, Colin Linden and James Blood Ulmer on guitar; Sugar Blue on harmonica; Willie Weeks on bass; and Steve Jordan on drums.
Blues for your head, heart, and feet.
The biggest, baddest, boldest blues experience ever!
Assembled by vocalist Steven Johnson (Grandson of Robert Johnson), and Vasti Jackson (guitarist, vocalist, musical director) to present the music of Robert Johnson, and the music that Johnson influenced in a powerful band format with rhythm section, horns, and vocals. This is the blues, and more!
A dynamic aggregation of world class artists from America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. With creative arrangements, soulful execution, and exciting stage presentation, the Robert Johnson International Blues Revue is a must have for festival, concert, corporate, and special events.
The first release “Crossroads” produced by Vasti Jackson (BB King, Koko Taylor, ZZ Hill) features powerful horn arrangement, and performance by Tom ‘Bones’ Malone (CBS Orchestra, Blues Brothers, David Letterman), piano and organ by Keiko Komaki (Japan), electrifying guitar, and the gospel meets the blues down at the crossroad vocals of Reverend Steven Johnson, and Vasti Jackson.
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Everyone interesting in the music world was busy gossiping last night at the Apollo Theater for “Robert Johnson at 100.” The three hour show was a huge hit, with so many outstanding performers and performances–Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette, Macy Gray, Sarah Dash, the Roots, the Dough Rollers, Living Colour, and so on. The great actor Joe Morton put the show together. He included his pal Geoffrey Wright. There was an all star band on stage featuring Steve Jordan and Willie Weeks. The show went so well that Michael Dorf is hoping to film it, maybe for PBS.
Read more at Forbes.com.
Steven Johnson, Macy Gray and Vasti Jackson backstage at the Apollo.