Tommy Johnson recorded ‘Big Road Blues’ in 1928. It’s a delta blues, with driving passion, but what I find stunning about Tommy Johnson is his voice – so rich! In fact, with most of these old time bluesmen, though we try and emulate their guitar playing, it’s often their voices that sets them apart.
By the way – many years ago I used to play this with a friend in Oxford who would play Willie Brown’s M&O blues on top. The two tunes merged together perfectly. Remember this, Mark? Hope you’re still playing?