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Tommy Johnson 1928 - 1929

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Cool Drink Of Water Blues
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Big Road Blues
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Bye-Bye Blues
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Maggie Campbell Blues
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Canned Heat Blues
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Lonesome Home Blues (Take 1)
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Lonesome Home Blues (Take 2)
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Big Fat Mama Blues
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I Wonder To Myself
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Slidin' Delta
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Lonesome Home Blues
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Morning Prayer Blues
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Boogaloosa Woman
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Black Mare Blues (Take 1)
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Black Mare Blues (Take 2)
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Ridin' Horse
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Alcohol And Jake Blues
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 56:25

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John Morthland has been writing about music since the days of electronically rechanneled stereo and duophonic sound. His name has darkened the mastheads of Roll...more »

04.22.11
Tommy Johnson, Tommy Johnson 1928 – 1929
2005 | Label: Document Records / The Orchard

Johnson was one of the seminal Delta bluesmen. Though he was a dramatic performer who laid down trancey rhythms on guitar, he's especially important as a singer and writer. His voice soared dramatically from a gruesome growl to a hair-raising falsetto, providing a template for, among others, Howlin 'Wolf, who later transformed Johnson's "Cool Drink of Water Blues" into "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)." Johnson's "Big Road Blues" and "Maggie Campbell Blues"… read more »

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