Robert Johnson music fest set

Aug. 13, 2004 at 11:55 AM
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GREENWOOD, Miss., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Robert Johnson's family has organized a U.S. event in honor of the legendary musician with Honeyboy Edwards, who played with the late bluesman, as headliner.

The Robert Johnson Heritage and Blues Festival, planned by Claud Johnson, the musician's only son, will be Saturday in Greenwood, Miss., the city where the blues entertainer last played before his death in 1938, said a release from the event.

Johnson, considered by many to be the most influential blues player in the genre's history, is subject of the famous Crossroads myth in which Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his extraordinary talent.

Many musicians credit Johnson for influencing their playing, including the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, who last March released an album of 14 Johnson tunes titled "Me and Mr. Johnson."

Edwards, 89, Johnson's contemporary and friend, has performed with many legendary blues players, including Son House, Big Joe Williams and Charlie Patton.

Other entertainers scheduled to perform at the festival are VooDoo Hounds, Sheba Potts, Bobby Rudley, Davie Mack and SmokeHouse Porter.

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