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Blind Willie Johnson (January 22, 1897 – September 18, 1945) was a gospel blues singer, guitarist and songwriter.

While the lyrics of his songs were usually religious, his music drew from both sacred and blues traditions. It is characterized by his slide guitar accompaniment and tenor voice, and his frequent use of a lower-register 'growl' or false bass voice.

According to his death certificate, Johnson was born in 1897 near Brenham, Texas. (Earlier, Temple, Texas had been suggested as his birthplace… read more

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  • Avatar for cookedbacon
    really fortunate that he recorded so much music before his death
  • Avatar for ColonyofMetal
    Cheers for the tip @charlierobertss, I'll look into them.
  • Avatar for charlierobertss
    Check out Homer Quincy Smith and Washington Phillips if you want music similar to this
  • Avatar for IrvyMalone
    Incredible, he was such an amazing artist. At first, I was just curious to hear how the 20's blues would sound. And what an experience.
  • Avatar for LauraMarx
    thank you, Willie Johnson, for the music. RIP <3
  • Avatar for TheRockers
    When The War Was On, a masterpiece!
  • Avatar for irotas
    Introducing new group [group]Fingerpickin' Good Blues[/group] representing this artist and many other great ones. Enjoy!
  • Avatar for ColonyofMetal
    I haven't been moved like this by Music for a long time. Really beautiful raw emotion. I really like his songs featuring his wife. Take your stand is just excellent. To the user saying he can;t hear any similarities between BWJ and Tom Waits' voice.. probably need to get your ears checked mate. By the way there's a kickstarter campaign to record covers of BWJ songs and Tom Waits is doing a few tracks (soul of a man and john the revelator):
  • Avatar for jessyrocker
    Cool Music
  • Avatar for i_Walk
    Discover in House of Card, thanks Franck Underwood ;)

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