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Culled from a radio broadcast made for a Rochester, NY radio station in 1976, Get Down to the Nitty Gritty is a nifty set of hard-edged Chicago blues. Luther Johnson pays homage to his mentor and employer, Muddy Waters, throughout the album, playing classics like "Hoochie Coochie Man" and originals in the same vein. Although the sound quality of the recording is poor — there are dropouts and tape hiss all over the place — the performance is stellar. Johnson sings with passion and his guitar solos are blistering. Get Down to the Nitty Gritty is a rough gem that is worthwhile to any fan of Johnson or Muddy Waters.


Born: 30 August 1934 in Davisboro, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The confusing plethora of artists working under the name of Luther (nickname here) Johnson can leave even those with a decent knowledge of blues in a major state of confusion. But in this biographical entry, we concern ourselves with the life and times of Luther "Georgia Boy/Snake Boy" Johnson who, to make matters even more confusing, also worked and recorded under the names Little Luther and Luther King. (It turns out his real name wasn't even Luther, but Lucius.) Upon his military discharge, he...
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