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Album Review

This is an excellent '60s recording by the down-home urban singer, guitarist, and mandolinist, accompanied by Otis Spann on piano and James Cotton and Big Walter Horton on harmonicas. ~ Mark A. Humphrey, Rovi

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Little know bluesman

Johnny Young is one of a very few blues artists to play the mandolin. I don’t expect anyone to read this, but maybe someone will give him a listen.


Born: January 1, 1918 in Vicksburg, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

Although the mandolin is not an instrument commonly associated with Chicago blues, it has been used by Chicago-based string bands or on Chicago-made recordings by artists such as Carl Martin, Charles and Joe McCoy, and Yank Rachell. However, the only artist to use it successfully in the later electric blues format was Mississippi-born bluesman Johnny Young. An important figure in blues history, Young loved the rough-and-tumble string band tradition of the Delta, a style that readily co-existed...
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