Robert Johnson was the single most important country blues artist of the pre-War era. In this episode we explore Johnson’s legacy and investigate the “mythology” of the blues, the battle between the sacred and the secular, and the importance of such other pre-War country blues artists as Memphis Minnie, Skip James, and Blind Willie Johnson. Interviews with Peter Guralnick, who wrote “Searching for Robert Johnson,” bluesman Guy Davis, who portrayed Johnson on the stage, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Johnson’s stepson, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards, one of the last remaining bluesmen to have performed with Johnson before his untimely death in 1938 at the age of 27. The episode ends with a performance of a Robert Johnson song by Keb’Mo’.
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