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Tommy Johnson (* 1896 in Terry, Mississippi; † 1. November 1956) war ein einflussreicher US-amerikanischer Blues-Gitarrist und Sänger. Zusammen mit Son House und Charley Patton war er einer der führenden Musiker des Delta Blues vor Robert Johnson.

Johnson kam aus einer kinderreichen Familie von Farmern begann 1910/1911 Gitarre zu spielen, um 1912/1913 verließ er den Süden Mississippis mit seiner Lebensgefährtin (die gut doppelt so alt war wie er) und ließ sich in Cleveland, Mississippi, nahe der Dockery Plantation, nieder. Dort… mehr erfahren



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  • wow, trance n blues
  • Super Blues!
  • Spotify playlist: [url=]Blues: Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, Jump Blues, Piedmont Blues[url]
  • @buttcoffee the character of Tommy Johnson in the film "O brother where art thou" is a reference to the real Tommy Johnson. Even the actor portraying him looks like him, the timeframe of the movie is correct (1930's), the location is correct (Mississippi) and the entire movie oozes delta blues.
  • Anybody who drinks gasoline is a-ok in my book.
  • I wonder whether he lent his name to the guitar player also named Tommy in the Coen Bros. "O Brother Where Are Thou" flick? In that movie, the guy also supposedly sold his soul to Old Scratch for his guitar ability. as was said about this man, whose ability, if anything, came courtesy of the Higher Team.
  • This guy was a serious bad ass and a serious alchoholic. Anyone that drinks sterno because they need a buzz is hard core.
  • Look at that eerie stare. It tells you all you need to know about this music. On the strength of that handful of songs he has become one of my favourite musicians of all time, and certainly what I consider the epitome of amazing early blues.
  • The most innovative guitar playing I've ever heard in a bluesman. The tremolo picking, high-register vocals, and repetitive, trance-like quality of his stilted melodies almost seems to predate black metal by more than half a century.

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