11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most of Blind Willie Johnson’s recordings were traditional spirituals, but his definitive versions made blues history. This tribute features America’s mightiest roots-informed artists (plus Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor) giving those songs a different spin. Blues rock guitar hero Luther Dickinson salutes Johnson’s influential slide work with a slippery, serpentine take on “Bye and Bye I’m Going to See the King,” while Lucinda Williams offers a greasy, barnstorming version of the album’s title track. Every participant provides a refreshingly new view of Johnson’s visionary blend of the spirit and the soil.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most of Blind Willie Johnson’s recordings were traditional spirituals, but his definitive versions made blues history. This tribute features America’s mightiest roots-informed artists (plus Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor) giving those songs a different spin. Blues rock guitar hero Luther Dickinson salutes Johnson’s influential slide work with a slippery, serpentine take on “Bye and Bye I’m Going to See the King,” while Lucinda Williams offers a greasy, barnstorming version of the album’s title track. Every participant provides a refreshingly new view of Johnson’s visionary blend of the spirit and the soil.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

RFeury ,

Buy the CD!!!

Some great tracks here. Always great to hear Tom Waits interpret a song or two. But the Cowboy Junkies are also a stand out as is Luther Dickinson. Don’t download it. Buy it! The sound quality will be better and the musicians will get a larger slice of the money pie. Death to downloads. Support your local record store (if there still is one) or buy it from Amazon

TheGreyDog ,

one of the best!

This is a brilliantly conceived collection of blind Willie Johnson covers. Standouts are Tom Waits, 'Soul of a man', Sinead O' Connor and the two tracks by Lucinda Williams. Lucinda Williams' tracks are worth the cover price alone. She gives two absolutely barnstorming performances that manage to tap in to the deeper, soulful roots of the music. If you like the music, please support the artists by buying this magnificent album.

Cat for the Tillerman ,

Yes, it's a good album

Great compilation, though I've only given it a few listens and not really digested the music. I'm new to Johnson's work in general, as well. I bought one of his compilations of his original recordings to go along with this. But the performances of the songs by the artists on this album are superb.

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