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When people from Australia or Japan or Italy say, 'Oh, I love the blues,' they're not talking about the Southwest blues styles, the Georgia 12-string players, ragtime Piedmont styles or whatever. It's the Delta blues. If you say, 'Who do you like?' they'll name Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Son House - Dick Waterman, to Francis Davis, quoted in Davis' book

Author Topic: Blind Willie Johnson in my town  (Read 5939 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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