Different than Blind Willie Johnson in many ways besides being able to see, this is a wonderful electric guitarist whose loyalty to Memphis perhaps cost him something in the way of fame. Willie Johnson was the guitarist in the very first band led by Howlin' Wolf, a giant of Chicago blues whose music has been an influence on every aspect of rock & roll, from the most primal to the most avant-garde. Even mentioning the city of Chicago demonstrates the shift in perception that goes along with lumping various artists together in various city "scenes." Howlin' Wolf's appealingly sizzling combo sound was already well developed when he relocated from Memphis to Chicago in the '50s. Willie Johnson was an important part of that sound, considered to be the ace up Wolf's sleeve, playing in an unpredictable style that encompassed much of blues ...
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