Travelin' Riverside - Minnesota Pays Tribute to Robert Johnson on his 100th Birthday

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Robert Johnson, born May 8th, 1911 in Hazelhurst, Mississippi is one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th Century and considered by many to be the greatest bluesman to ever live. His influence extends well beyond the Mississippi Delta region where he spent most of his short life.

He was noted during his lifetime for not simply playing Delta blues but for incorporating and mastering styles such as gospel, country, popular music, and urban blues into a new blues sound. His guitar playing was so masterful it gave rise to a myth that he sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads. Unfortunately, his premature death at age 27 in 1938 left him nearly forgotten until Columbia Records reissued his recordings in 1961 and provided an inspiration for much of the rock & roll to follow. In fact, most of the great rock & roll legends of the 1960's were merely doing an electrified version of what Robert Johnson was doing 30 years earlier.

Minnesota has a small but growing alternative or "deep" blues scene that embraces the may influences and the rawness that Robert Johnson once melded together to form his blues. Here we pay tribute not just to Robert Johnson the blues master but also to Robert Johnson the innovator. You will find many different styles of blues music here together, just as you would on a Robert Johnson album if he were still alive and recording today.

We in Minnesota feel a special tie to the music of Robert Johnson and The Mississippi Delta. The mighty river that flows from our North Country carried soil downstream to form the Delta, providing fertile grounds for cotton and the blues to grow. And now the blues have flowed upstream.


released May 8, 2011

All songs written or traditional arranged by Robert Johnson
Album design and liner notes by Chris Holm
Album concept and production oversight by Chris Holm

Photo of the Mississippi Headwaters, Itasca State Park by Peter Hawkins Photography -


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