Big Jack Johnson

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues classic blues delta blues acoustic blues modern electric blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 July 1940, Lambert, Mississippi, USA. Johnson’s father led a local band and at the age of 13 Jack was sitting in on acoustic guitar. He was inspired by B.B. King’s records to switch to electric guitar five years later, and in 1962 he sat in with Frank Frost and Sam Carr, with whom he continued to work sporadically through subsequent decades. This group recorded an album for Sam Phillips in 1962 (credited to Frank Frost And The Nighthawks) and another for Jewel in 1966, again under Frost’s name. In 1979 they made an album as the Jelly Roll Kings, featuring Johnson’s first vocals on record, and his first album under his own name, released by Earwig in 1987, confirmed that he had very strong traditional Mississippi blues roots. His follow-up album was more experimental and musically less successful, but a single for Rooster found him back on form. The 1996 recording We Got To Stop This Killin’ was an excellent album, and featured Johnson...

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