|When you trace Delta Blues back
to its origins, you go to Drew, Mississippi, the heart of the Delta. Delta
Blues, as far as we can tell, begins with Charlie Patton. With Charlie
were Louise Johnson, Willie Brown, Howlin' Wolf, Tommy Johnson, and Son
House, all of which are considered contemporaries of Charlie Patton. From
here, Son House took Robert Johnson under his wing, and soon took Robert
out of his seemingly abusive home, and his work in the fields. From here,
Robert continued his journeys playing through the Delta.
--It's from the Mudcat Cafe: a magazine dedicated to blues and folk songs.
|… it is not just Johnson's incredible
guitar playing or fantastically expressive singing which deserves homage.
His lyrics, which are commonly considered as only context to his music,
are actually rich, tightly wrought poems worthy of intense literary examination.
--It's from the site by Courtney Danforth and Adriana Rissetto.
|In his book Searching for Robert
Johnson Peter Guralnick explains, "The music (of Johnson) has significance.
The act of creation was Robert Johnson's statement in a world that lacked
consistent purpose or even the sense of cohesiveness, however misleading,
that an era of sophisticated communication has supplied. It was a world
in which Robert Johnson was suddenly elevated to significance by an act
of creative will, by a synthesis of all he knew, of all he ever was to
--It's from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
***The background is a portrait of
Johnson from The
Blues Gallery designed by Ron Buck.