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Blues File - Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson

From: WXPN
Series: Blues File
Length: 03:51

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Review of "Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson" album by Blues Anatomy with producer Aaron Levinson interview

Rediscoveringlonnie_small Lonnie Johnson played jazz and blues and enjoyed a remarkable career with more than a few ups and downs. He played guitar, violin, and piano, sang and wrote songs, and was the first artist to record a real guitar solo on a commercially issued record, in 1925. The guitar definitely wasn't the pre-eminent instrument it has become in the 20s. Johnson was a major influence to another Johnson, Robert Johnson, as well as jazz great Charlie Christian, and B. B. King. The Philadelphia area group Blues Anatomy has put out an album called "Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson" that pays tribute to this great artist. Another Johnson, Jef Lee Johnson, "plays the part" of Lonnie Johnson on the album. Geoff Muldaur puts in a guest vocalist appearance on one of Johnson's biggest hits, "He's A Jelly Roll Baker." This Blues File features music both from Lonnie and from Blues Anatomy, along with commentary from the producer of "Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson" Aaron Levinson.

Piece Description

Lonnie Johnson played jazz and blues and enjoyed a remarkable career with more than a few ups and downs. He played guitar, violin, and piano, sang and wrote songs, and was the first artist to record a real guitar solo on a commercially issued record, in 1925. The guitar definitely wasn't the pre-eminent instrument it has become in the 20s. Johnson was a major influence to another Johnson, Robert Johnson, as well as jazz great Charlie Christian, and B. B. King. The Philadelphia area group Blues Anatomy has put out an album called "Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson" that pays tribute to this great artist. Another Johnson, Jef Lee Johnson, "plays the part" of Lonnie Johnson on the album. Geoff Muldaur puts in a guest vocalist appearance on one of Johnson's biggest hits, "He's A Jelly Roll Baker." This Blues File features music both from Lonnie and from Blues Anatomy, along with commentary from the producer of "Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson" Aaron Levinson.

Broadcast History

WXPN-FM Philadelphia 4-24-2008

Transcript

Robert Johnson "Drunken Hearted Man"
Pristine Classical: Legendar Blues, Vol. 2
? 2007 Pristine Audio
PABL002

Lonnie Johnson "Mr. Johnson's Blues"
Columbia: Steppin' On The Blues
? 1990 CBS Records, Inc.
CK 46221

Blues Anatomy "Swing Out Rhythm"
Range: Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson
? 2007 Range Records Ltd.
RR00008-2

Lonnie Johnson "Playing With The Strings"
Columbia: Steppin' On The Blues
? 1990 CBS Records, Inc.
CK 46221

Blues Anatomy "Playing With The Strings"
Range: Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson
? 2007 Range Records Ltd.
RR00008-2

Blues Anatomy "St. Louis Blues"
Range: Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson
? 2007 Range Records Ltd.
RR00008-2

Blues Anatomy "Bull Frog Moan"
Range: Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson
? 2007 Range Records Ltd.
RR00008-2

Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang "Bull Frog Moan"
Document: Complete Recorded Works...
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Timing and Cues

3:51 self-contained. Starts with opening theme and host intro. Ends with host outro and music fade.

Related Website

http://www.xpn.org/blues