Samstag, 2. Oktober 2010

Robert Johnson - Cross Road Blues

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) is among the most famous of Delta blues musicians. His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend.

Robert Johnson’s original recordings are definitely not for everyone. I’ll be the first to admit that when I first heard them I was a bit startled by their shockingly raw feel, but I also knew that was precisely what makes them great. This music has such emotional value that it inspires all sorts of musicians to continue to strive to be that real and authentic in their music. If you’re a blues lover, a rock and roller, a soul singer or any type of musician where putting your entire soul out there is your primary concern, than you owe it to yourself to check out these recordings.

I think that to be this honest and this raw in one’s music is really what it is all about. Music is about expressing emotions and conveying those emotions to your audience and making them feel them as well. Robert Johnson’s music is a great example of music that can do just that: convey powerful emotions as openly and as honestly as possible and I think that is what continues to draw new musicians to his music.

Here´s a budget-priced compilaton that serves as a reminder that Johnson recorded some of the most important sides in the history of the blues.

Robert Johnson - Cross Road Blues

1 Kommentare:

Cri hat gesagt…

Hey, Robert Johnson, cool! Any chances for a re-up?

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