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Author Topic: Blind Willie Johnson in my town  (Read 5986 times)

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Offline Dave in Tejas

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson in my town
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2009, 04:54:29 PM »
Sorry if I got anyone's blood pressure up, but turns out that this is the church that probably replaced the one burned down that BWJ was at in 1945.

I had a conversation with both the current pastor, and a man who was there in the 60's, and he said the church moved to this building in the 50's.

I have changed my efforts to try to find out the name of the blind black man who played guitar with a slide and tin cup in front of "Gibson's Discount Center" in my town when I was in school. I used to stand near and listen to him, sometimes put in a quarter.

Most of my friends think I have such odd persuits.

Offline Dave in Tejas

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson in my town
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2011, 07:41:08 PM »
Hi guys.
Update: Grave marker installed for BWJ, went by there after work today.
Nice job, I wouldn't mind something like that over my grave.

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson in my town
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2011, 08:35:12 PM »
The Railroad crossing signs really make the shot.
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Offline Norfolk Slim

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson in my town
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2011, 01:25:23 AM »
Pardon my ignorance, but why do there appear to be tea cups on the corners of the headstone?!

Offline Dave in Tejas

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Re: Blind Willie Johnson in my town
« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2011, 06:40:24 AM »
Oh, you're not ignorant Slim, I'm not sure myself, but it could be a reference to the cup BWJ had wired to the head stock of his guitar to receive coins.
I don't know a lot of BWJ lyrics (except mmmmm,  mmmmm, mmmmm ) maybe something about a coffee cup? At any rate, Shane Ford, the man who sponsored the whole thing, will let me know soon.

 


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