Robert Johnson
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Robert Johnson
Vol. 27 of the George Mitchell collection
Fat Possum
33 1/3 rpm 7" EP
$5

Robert "Nighthawk" Johnson sang bluesy, time-stopping gospel. He would pick stark tunes on the acoustic guitar, sometimes with a bottleneck, and sing in a deep, moaning style: "Been drinkin' tears for water, tryin' to make it home". The lucky among us are familiar with Johnson's haunting and powerful contributions to the top-tier Sorrow Come Pass Me Around compilation LP. On this record, Mr. Johnson is accompanied by his daughters Norma, Dorothy, and Shirley. Recorded in Skene, Mississippi, on July 2, 1969, and the spirit was moving. Hear Hold My Body Down and He'll Make a Way.