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Born in Georgia on May 5th, 1938, Larry Johnson was the son of a Baptist preacher singing Have you Brought his son early with him and taught him the guitar and the harmonica to Accompany him. After a long stint in the army (1955-1959), Larry Settled in New York City and Quickly Became friend with the small coterie of country bluesmen living in the Big Apple (Brownie McGhee, Alec Seward and mostly Gary Davis Who Took him under His wing and taught him more guitar styling. Quickly, Larry Became one of the best exponents of the so-called Piedmont blues and Recorded several sessions with Seward, Davis, Big Joe Williams and under His own name. His first session was made as early as 1959 (and not in 1964 as it is very Often written here and there) for Bobby Robinson. Larry's guitar style HAS not yet the proficiency He Will later show purpose nevertheless it is an interesting batch of recordings. Larry Had to wait up to 1965 for Reviews another recording session, this time with Reviews another young African American singer and guitarist, Hank Adkins (If anybody knows what he Became?) Reviews another very good record All which HAS never been reissued in any form.
larry johnson
I Had the opportunity to see Larry in a small club in New York in 1973 before a very limited audience. Accompanied by a very swinging drummer named Bobby King, Larry Delivered this evening a wonderful set of East-Coast blues.

Somehow strangely neglected, he managed anyway to record Regularly great LP's and CD's that slowly Widened His reputation and made him turn to be all around the world.


Appalachian Piedmont. Very young Larry learned to play the guitar and harmonica to accompany his father and listened to a lot of hard Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Blake and other guitarists in this region heavily influenced by ragtime. After a stay in the army between 1955 and 1959, Larry moved to New York where he was quick to aggregate the small fraternity of local bluesmen who continued to practice Piedmont acoustic blues like Brownie Mc Ghee, Alec Seward and especially Reverend Gary Davis to be his teacher and Larry accompany both on stage and in the last years of his life, a true friendship subsidiary is installed between the two men.

A remarkable guitarist finger picking hairline and agile and a singer with a strong personality, Larry Johnson should have a much larger career. I saw for the first time in a New York cabaret in 1973, great showman, with a swinging drummer named Bobby King. Unfortunately, we were a lean twenty listeners and half talking and drinking their beers! Nevertheless, Larry was able to perform his music in New York and around the world, gaining gradually an important place in the heart of blues fans on the East Coast.

He also regularly recorded, which has obviously done a lot for his reputation. Its first meeting in 1959 (contrary to what is stated everywhere) when Larry was able without difficulty to convince the store-producer Bobby Robinson of New York to record. This session includes fourteen tracks, Robinson has released a t 45 years later and it will be the Blue Horizon label Mike Vernon to finally see the entire LP published in the first session. Larry Johnson has not all the skills and all the ease that acquire later but unfortunately found it hard today and never reissued on CD is still packed with features.

Johnson was then recorded as a sideman Alec Seward and Big Joe Williams for Prestige-Bluesville label and in 1965 he also took the opportunity also to burn a new session for this label, this time with guitarist Hank Adkins with whom he is a team time. Although this album was very successful, Larry again unlucky because the disk is briefly released in stores just before the Prestige label does not file for bankruptcy. Sales of this LP seem to be around a few dozen copies, making it one of the rarest label albums!

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