Jazz
12:09 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration

Encore broadcast?Monday May 30th
at 2:00PM

A shroud of mystery has surrounded blues guitarist and singer Robert Johnson for well over 70 years. In his time he was not famous, but those who knew him struggled to understand how he could be so good.

Robert Johnson is one of the most influential and revered figures in blues history. His songs, "Sweet Home Chicago", "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" and "Cross Road Blues" live on today as blues standards. His guitar style, likewise, has inspired generations of young players.

In this one-hour special, you'll hear of the man and the times in which he lived, the myth of his "deal with the devil" at the crossroads, and the music he created through interviews with Johnson's grandson and Vice President of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Stephen Johnson, musicians Warren Haynes and

Corey Harris and writers Peter Guralnick and Scott Barretta.


KIOS will present an encore broadcast of Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration, a one-hour documentary on the life and music of blues legend Robert Johnson on Monday May 30th at 2:00PM.