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Tommy Johnson...
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:15:57 am »

...sold his soul to the devil so he could play the guitar real good. Looks like Tricky Nicky sold his to get some dance moves... #crootin

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/watch-alabama-coach-nick-saban-dances-the-cupid-shuffle-during-recruiting-visit/
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018, 07:56:12 am »

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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 08:28:31 am »

Robert

While you are technically correct, you missed the reference to the best Coen Bros movie.

https://youtu.be/hRQkC2FDXuw

"I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffilliated"
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2018, 08:43:44 am »

While you are technically correct, you missed the reference to the best Coen Bros movie.

https://youtu.be/hRQkC2FDXuw

"I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffilliated"

Great movie. Incredible.

Robert

Also, records suggest Tommy was the original one who met the Devil at the crossroads (or a graveyard), and Robert picked up on the story later.

https://web.archive.org/web/20070718180120/http://www.nps.gov/history/delta/blues/people/tommy_johnson.htm

To enhance his fame, Johnson cultivated a sinister persona similar to that of St. Louis bluesman Peetie Wheatstraw, the self-styled "Devil's son-in-law." His brother LeDell later said that Tommy claimed to have made a pact with Ol' Scratch at the crossroads, a subject later touched upon by bluesman Robert Johnson (no relation). Adding further eccentricity to his conjurer image, Johnson carried and displayed a large rabbit's foot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Johnson:

There is dispute as to how and when the crossroads detail was attached to the Robert Johnson story. All the published evidence, including a full chapter on the subject in the biography Crossroads, by Tom Graves, suggests an origin in the story of the blues musician Tommy Johnson. This story was collected from his musical associate Ishman Bracey and his elder brother Ledell in the 1960s.

Either way, it's interesting stuff.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2018, 08:48:35 am »

While you are technically correct, you missed the reference to the best Coen Bros movie.

https://youtu.be/hRQkC2FDXuw

"I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffilliated"

Ah. Great film. T-Bone Burnett did the music. He’s doing the music for the third season of “True Detective”, also. Production getting started around NWA this week.

What we had there was a failure to communicate.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2018, 08:51:27 am »

Great movie. Incredible.

Also, records suggest Tommy was the original one who met the Devil at the crossroads (or a graveyard), and Robert picked up on the story later.

https://web.archive.org/web/20070718180120/http://www.nps.gov/history/delta/blues/people/tommy_johnson.htm

To enhance his fame, Johnson cultivated a sinister persona similar to that of St. Louis bluesman Peetie Wheatstraw, the self-styled "Devil's son-in-law." His brother LeDell later said that Tommy claimed to have made a pact with Ol' Scratch at the crossroads, a subject later touched upon by bluesman Robert Johnson (no relation). Adding further eccentricity to his conjurer image, Johnson carried and displayed a large rabbit's foot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Johnson:

There is dispute as to how and when the crossroads detail was attached to the Robert Johnson story. All the published evidence, including a full chapter on the subject in the biography Crossroads, by Tom Graves, suggests an origin in the story of the blues musician Tommy Johnson. This story was collected from his musical associate Ishman Bracey and his elder brother Ledell in the 1960s.

Either way, it's interesting stuff.

If you want to visit I highly recommend this place:

https://www.shackupinn.com/
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2018, 08:55:24 am »

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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2018, 08:59:22 am »

If you want to visit I highly recommend this place:

https://www.shackupinn.com/

Wow, I've never heard of that place. Looks awesome though. I'm about to go down a rabbit hole, I'm afraid.

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/06/famous-violinist-paganini-really-sell-soul-devil/

Original musician to sell his soul to the Devil

That guy's got nothing on Johnny. The Devil went down to Georgia but Johnny beat him without even selling him his soul. Makes these other guys look like amateur hour.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2018, 09:10:58 am »

If you want to visit I highly recommend this place:

https://www.shackupinn.com/

My wife and I have spent a few nights at the Shack Up Inn. 
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2018, 09:24:02 am »

My wife and I have spent a few nights at the Shack Up Inn. 

Nobody doesn’t like Shackup. It’s a driver and a sand wedge from the crossroads.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2018, 09:25:18 am »

Nobody doesn’t like Shackup. It’s a driver and a sand wedge from the crossroads.

Big hitter, ehh?
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2018, 09:25:44 am »

My wife and I have spent a few nights at the Shack Up Inn.

Nice. Anything come of it? Heard some good delta blues musicians roll through there.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2018, 09:33:04 am »

If you want to visit I highly recommend this place:

https://www.shackupinn.com/

Looks like a really neat place. I will have to try it sometime.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2018, 10:34:24 am »

While you are technically correct, you missed the reference to the best Coen Bros movie.

https://youtu.be/hRQkC2FDXuw

"I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffilliated"

This was on a cable channel last night. So great. When I turned it on, the boys were just getting picked up by Baby Face Nelson. Another funny quote, by Delmer—"Friend…some of your foldin' money is come unstowed (un-stoled)."

Real historic tidbit, the place where Robert Johnson recorded half of his album is in downtown Dallas. Just a few minutes from where I live. Unfortunately, no rich historian/musician has bought the building to preserve it. But I think several are aware of it—Clapton, Plant. It's been boarded up for years.

That Clarksdale place looks super cool, bphi11ips. If I could ever get to Oxford for a game, that would be a cool detour.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2018, 12:17:55 pm »

Robert
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2018, 12:22:04 pm »

Nobody doesn’t like Shackup. It’s a driver and a sand wedge from the crossroads.

Congrats on the PWO offer, has he made a decision?
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2018, 10:08:30 pm »

Congrats on the PWO offer, has he made a decision?

I think so. His mom raised him right.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2018, 10:10:34 pm »

Nice. Anything come of it? Heard some good delta blues musicians roll through there.

Red’s is the place to hear real Delta blues.
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2018, 11:11:58 pm »

Great movie. Incredible.

Also, records suggest Tommy was the original one who met the Devil at the crossroads (or a graveyard), and Robert picked up on the story later.

https://web.archive.org/web/20070718180120/http://www.nps.gov/history/delta/blues/people/tommy_johnson.htm

To enhance his fame, Johnson cultivated a sinister persona similar to that of St. Louis bluesman Peetie Wheatstraw, the self-styled "Devil's son-in-law." His brother LeDell later said that Tommy claimed to have made a pact with Ol' Scratch at the crossroads, a subject later touched upon by bluesman Robert Johnson (no relation). Adding further eccentricity to his conjurer image, Johnson carried and displayed a large rabbit's foot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Johnson:

There is dispute as to how and when the crossroads detail was attached to the Robert Johnson story. All the published evidence, including a full chapter on the subject in the biography Crossroads, by Tom Graves, suggests an origin in the story of the blues musician Tommy Johnson. This story was collected from his musical associate Ishman Bracey and his elder brother Ledell in the 1960s.

Either way, it's interesting stuff.

That was a good one, I am now wanting to see it again, it's been a long time. As far as the Coen Bros., they are capable of brilliance, also capable of movies that are darn near unwatchable like the one with Tom Hanks and JK Simmons, don't recall the name of it.

I really liked O Brother, but my fave Coen flick is Raising Arizona. I never quite figured out why everyone in the movie sounded like they came straight outta Bug Tussle, but those idiot brothers who broke out of prison "on their own recognizance" were hilarious.

I laugh every time I think about that line in the bank when the one played by John Goodman bellowed something about anyone who gets off the floor before they count to 100 "wears his ass for a hat!"
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Re: Tommy Johnson...
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2018, 03:15:17 pm »

Nice. Anything come of it? Heard some good delta blues musicians roll through there.

Red’s is the place to hear real Delta blues.

The Shack Up Inn does have a performance area with some tables and a bandstand, but only have entertainment on the weekends unless that's changed. 

Ground Zero Blues Club can be pretty good.  Kinda loud at times.

But like bphi11ips said, Red's is the best.  A small dilapidated looking hole-in-the-wall, you get the real thing in a laid back, friendly atmosphere.  And it's cheap.  Leave your credit cards at home though, they only accept cash, American.


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