That’s Robert Johnson on the left, Johnny Shines on the right. If you don’t know who Robert Johnson was, well I have to wonder about you. Anyway, this photograph surfaced a ten years ago and was confirmed indeed to be the legendary bluesman in 2013. Only two other photos of Johnson exist. And of course a small but significant body of work.
I’m not one for acoustic blues, preferring it filtered through an amplifier. I play straight blues fairly often and it’s usually Muddy, BB, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy, or Albert. But there’s no denying the electricity in Johnson’s voice and playing. He may not of sold his soul to the devil but here’s a man dealing with some serious demons.