In this day of media overload, it's astonishing that vital music still remains unrecorded and largely unheard. But Matthew Johnson, a skinny white boy from Mississippi, found a heap in his own backyard. Turned on to blues by an Ole Miss class taught in the late '90s by rock critic and historian Robert Palmer, Johnson was inspired to seek out nearby elderly blues guitarists. Though he flunked the class, the young label mogul went on to meet and record R.L. Burnside (a former cohort of Mississippi Fred McDowell's); Junior Kimbrough (a local juke joint owner, superb guitar player and father to 28 children); Cedell Davis (a crippled but resolute guitarist); and T-Model Ford (an illiterate former convict who picked up his first guitar at age 58). This staple of rockin' senior citizens formed the core roster of Johnson's lauded Mississippi record... More >>>
Junior Kimbrough: Fat Possum's Matthew Johnson
used to pay $2 covers to see him.