Blues Guys I Like More than Robert Johnson

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

Lonnie Johnson

T-Bone Walker

Blind Willie McTell

Son House

I could name others.

Don’t get me wrong — Johnson is great. Still, I think music writers have gone a little overboard in praising him. Many seem to love all that devil-at-the-crossroads silliness more than they do the music.

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About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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2 Responses to Blues Guys I Like More than Robert Johnson

  1. Sax von Stroheim says:

    I think it was Peter Guralnick who argued that white rock critics (especially Greil Marcus) paid way too much attention to RJ’s lyrics, whereas Johnson’s greatness in the eyes of other blues guys was always his guitar playing, with the lyrics being seen as not quite generic, but not exactly the point of listening to him, either.

    “Critics paying too much attention to lyrics” might be a nice way to sum up a lot of the problems with post-60s pop culture criticism, in general.

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    • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

      Yeah, I think there’s a lot of truth in that. Guys who are word-centric are going to make a big deal out of words.

      I seem to remember that Dylan also makes a big deal out of Johnson’s lyrics in that memoir he wrote a few years back.

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