"As a singer, composer, and guitarist of considerable skills, Johnson produced some of the genre's best music and the ultimate blues legend. Doomed, haunted, driven by demons, a tormented genius dead at an early age, all of these add up to making him a character of mythology who, if he hadn't actually existed, would have to be created by some biographer's overactive romantic imagination."
Cub Koda, Allmusic.com
Robert Johnson participated in only two recording sessions, one in San Antonio in 1936 and one in Dallas in 1937.
The Empress of the Blues.
Wrote and recorded "Black Snake Moan."
Mother of the Blues.
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
European tradition reimagined by African American artists.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
A blend of African-American oral and musical traditions.