Delta Blues Marathon: Tommy Johnson

March 23, 2012

On a massive Delta Blues spree right now as I’m reading the book Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters who Revolutionized American Music, by Ted Gioia, illustrated by Neil Harpe.
Am still bowled over that one can read a music history and listen to all the music mentioned at the click of a button (in my case via the great streaming music program Spotify).
A couple of Tommy Johnson tracks here, who had one of the most powerful voices of the Delta. This is probably his greatest hit:

Cool Drink Of Water Blues – Tommy Johnson

Here’s a lovely little gem of a tune…much more of a raggy ballad than a blues…


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