Blind Willie Johnson Similar Artists

Charley Patton - 100% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1891, Bolton, Mississippi, USA, d. 28 April 1934, Indianola, Mississippi, USA. Charley Patton was small, but in all other ways larger than life; his death from a chronic heart condition at the age of 43 brought to an end his relentless pursuit of the good things then available to a black man in Mississippi - liquor, women, food (courtesy of women), music, and the avoid Read more

Son House - 93% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Music Videos & Concerts Blues Folk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eddie James House Jnr., 21 March 1902, Riverton, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 October 1988, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Brought up in a religious home, Son House was drawn to the ministry in his youth, and took up the guitar, and the blues, as late as 1927. Throughout his life there was to be a tension between his religious feelings and his secular way of life (including the playing Read more

Blind Lemon Jefferson - 92% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Blues Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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July 1897, Wortham (Couchman), Texas, USA, d. December 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jefferson was one of the earliest and most influential rural blues singers to record. He was one of seven children born to Alex Jefferson and Classie Banks (or Bates) and was either blind or partially blind from early childhood. As his handicap precluded his employment as a farm-hand he turn Read more

Blind Willie McTell - 89% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 May 1901, McDuffie County, Georgia, USA, d. 19 August 1959, Almon, Georgia, USA. Blind from birth, McTell began to learn guitar in his early years, under the influence of relatives and neighbours in Statesboro, Georgia, where he grew up. In his late teens, he attended a school for the blind. By 1927, when he made his first records, he was already a very accomplished guitar Read more

Bukka White - 88% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Blues Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Booker T. Washington White, 12 November 1906, Houston, Mississippi, USA, d. 26 February 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. White learned guitar and piano in his teens, and hoboed from 1921, playing blues with artists such as George ‘Bullet’ Williams. In the mid-30s White was a boxer and baseball pitcher. He recorded for Victor Records in 1930, a largely unissued sessio Read more

Mississippi John Hurt - 79% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Music Videos & Concerts Folk Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Smith Hurt, 3 July 1893, Teoc, Mississippi, USA, d. 2 November 1966, Grenada, Mississippi, USA. One of the major ‘rediscoveries’ during the 60s folk blues revival, Mississippi John Hurt began playing at informal gatherings and parties at the turn of the century, when guitars were still relatively uncommon. Although he worked within the idiom, Hurt did not rega Read more

Lead Belly - 74% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Folk Blues Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Music Theme
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Skip James - 74% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nehemiah Curtis James, 9 June 1902, Bentonia, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 October 1969, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A solitary figure, James was an emotional, lyrical performer whose talent as a guitar player and arranger enhanced an already impressive body of work. His early career included employment as a pianist in a Memphis whorehouse, as well as the customary appearance Read more

Fred McDowell - 69% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues
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Mississippi Fred McDowell - 69% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1904, Rossville, Tennessee, USA, d. 3 July 1972, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A self-taught guitarist, McDowell garnered his early reputation in the Memphis area with appearances at private parties, picnics and dances. He later moved to Como, Mississippi, and was employed as a farmer until discovered by field researcher Alan Lomax in 1959. Sessions for Atlantic Record Read more

Big Bill Broonzy - 61% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Blues Music Videos & Concerts Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Lee Conley Broonzy, 26 June 1893 (some sources give 1898), Scott, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 August 1958, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Broonzy worked as a field hand, and it was behind the mule that he first developed his unmistakable, hollering voice, with its remarkable range and flexibility. As a child he made himself a violin, and learned to play under the guidance of an Read more

Memphis Jug Band - 61% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Perhaps the most important and certainly the most popular of the jug bands, the Memphis Jug Band flourished on record between 1927 and 1934, during which time they recorded some 80 tracks - first for Victor Records then later for OKeh Records. On one occasion they moonlighted for Champion using the name the Piccaninny Jug Band. Their repertoire covered just about every kind of Read more

Robert Johnson - 57% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Blues Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Special Interest
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Blind Boy Fuller - 54% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fulton Allen, 1908, Wadesboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 February 1941, USA. One of a large family, Fuller learned to play the guitar as a child and had begun a life as a transient singer when he was blinded, either through disease or when lye water was thrown in his face. By the late 20s he was well known throughout North Carolina and Virginia, playing and singing at count Read more

Elmore James - 54% match to Blind Willie Johnson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Blues Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Elmore Brooks, 27 January 1918, Richland, Mississippi, USA, d. 23 May 1963, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although his recording career spanned 10 years, Elmore James is chiefly recalled for his debut release, 1951’s ‘Dust My Broom’. This impassioned, exciting performance, based on a virulent composition by country blues singer Robert Johnson, was marked by the arti Read more


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