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SKL presents: A Tribute to Robert Johnson

Fri October 7 at 7:00 pm
Slack Key Lounge

One of the Delta blues’ most celebrated and singular talents, Robert Johnson recorded chilling, folkloric songs about hellhounds, the Devil and general despair amid swinging, dissonant, sometimes off-kilter guitar lines – the likes of which have reverberated through rock & roll for decades. He recorded less than 50 songs – including ones later covered by Cream (“Cross Road Blues”), Captain Beefheart (“Terraplane Blues”) and the Rolling Stones (“Love in Vain,” “Stop Breaking Down”) – and performed alongside the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James and Memphis Slim as he rose to fame. “You want to know how good the blues can get?” Keith Richards once said. “Well, this is it.” In August 1938, just a few months after his 27th birthday, Johnson made moves on the wife of the owner of a roadhouse where he was playing, drank from an open bottle of whiskey he was offered, and died three days later of strychnine poisoning and pneumonia. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Mississippi.


Fri October 7
7:00 pm


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