Big Jack Johnson
March 14, 2011 11:40 AM   Subscribe

Mississippi Bluesman Big Jack Johnson has died. His performances in the documentary Deep Blues are brilliant. He was last surviving major performer featured in the film.
posted by zzazazz (7 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Hey! Hey afterlife! Trade you for the other Jack Johnson.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 11:50 AM on March 14, 2011


I saw him play at Red's juke joint in Clarksdale November '09.
He was incredible, bawdy as hell, and played slide mandolin like no one I've ever seen (literally--I'd never seen it done before).

I'll have to check out Deep Blues now.
posted by inkytea at 12:14 PM on March 14, 2011

posted by BigHeartedGuy at 12:46 PM on March 14, 2011

I'll have to check out Deep Blues now.

Apparently it's not out on DVD yet. Or, at least, on Netflix DVD.
posted by Think_Long at 2:09 PM on March 14, 2011

Sad news indeed. Around town he was known as "The Oilman". I have been through Clarksdale many times, and had the pleasure of sitting around on the porch one afternoon playing guitar with his nephew, Super Chikan.
posted by timsteil at 2:56 PM on March 14, 2011

A friend of mine found this performance by Big Jack and the Jelly Roll Kings. Classic.
posted by zzazazz at 7:56 PM on March 14, 2011

God Bless you big un.
posted by Senator at 7:01 PM on March 15, 2011

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