11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most of Blind Willie Johnson’s recordings were traditional spirituals, but his definitive versions made blues history. This tribute features America’s mightiest roots-informed artists (plus Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor) giving those songs a different spin. Blues rock guitar hero Luther Dickinson salutes Johnson’s influential slide work with a slippery, serpentine take on “Bye and Bye I’m Going to See the King,” while Lucinda Williams offers a greasy, barnstorming version of the album’s title track. Every participant provides a refreshingly new view of Johnson’s visionary blend of the spirit and the soil.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most of Blind Willie Johnson’s recordings were traditional spirituals, but his definitive versions made blues history. This tribute features America’s mightiest roots-informed artists (plus Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor) giving those songs a different spin. Blues rock guitar hero Luther Dickinson salutes Johnson’s influential slide work with a slippery, serpentine take on “Bye and Bye I’m Going to See the King,” while Lucinda Williams offers a greasy, barnstorming version of the album’s title track. Every participant provides a refreshingly new view of Johnson’s visionary blend of the spirit and the soil.

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