Lonnie Johnson was one of the most influential blues guitarists of the music’s early years. He was also a fine jazz player and recorded with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington as well as on his own. His single note leads laid the foundation for generations of blues and rock guitarists and his flat-picking technique was unsurpassed. He recorded prolifically in the 20s and again after being rediscovered by the blues revival in the 60s. He remained an active musician until his death in 1970.
Johnson was born in New Orleans in 1899, His father played fiddle and he gave his 11 children music lessons as soon as they could hold instruments. Johnson soon learned violin, piano and mandolin, but he was partial to the... Read More