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Robert Johnson and His Deal with the Devil

Robert Johnson, or at least the mythical version of him, is pervasive in American pop culture. He is considered a “Faustian” character, which essentially means the story surrounding him involves making a deal with Mephistopheles (a demon) or Satan himself. Deals like these typically were said to take place at crossroads, often seen as a metaphorical or actual liminal space, a place where change happens.

The legend goes that Johnson fell distraught after his first wife died in childbirth and he turned to his love of music to cope but he was horrible at the guitar with an unpleasant voice. Johnson was said to have disappeared for a length of time and then returned with great musical skill and a wonderful, mournful singing voice. At a crossroads, marked with the three guitar statue (above), Johnson supposedly met a man who gave him these abilities–in return for his soul. People point to some of his songs like “Cross Road Blues” and “Hell Hound on My Trail” as evidence that he had made the deal with the devil and the hellhounds were there to collect.

Johnson only recorded three records and died at the age of 27 in 1938 due to “mysterious” stomach pains. Of course, the legend would have us believe that the Devil had come to collect his dues. Most people, however, believe that he was poisoned (one way or another) due to flirting with or having an affair with a married woman. Either way, he died very young after putting out only a little bit of music and had only a couple of photos ever taken of him. He’s a figure shrouded in mystery due to how little is known about him but he lives on in our collective imagination, still recognized as the King of the Delta Blues.

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Ben Hemming performing ‘Rambling Man’ live from the album 'City of Streets’. No backing tracks, loop pedals or any other effects were used for this recording. It was filmed totally live. Bass drum and downbeat cymbal mount by farmer foot drums, Snare drum mount by sidekick drums.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff - Living In The City

Hurray For The Riff Raff perform Living In The City on Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Two (24 October 2017). Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Larkin Poe - Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)

It’s so peculiar to me that some of the best Americana/blues rock comes from places that are not, well, America. Broken Witt Rebels appear to be putting out some of the best blues from across the pond. Take the wonderful Shake Me Down for example.

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Title: The Field

Artist: Casualties of Cool (Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval)

Album: Casualties of Cool

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Bushwick Blues
Delta Spirit
Bushwick Blues

Hold on to my hand
Never let go
Never let go
We were just two kids acting tough
Then we grew up
Me, not so much

All the other guys that you’ve seen
are nothing compared to me
Because my love is strong
And my heart is weak
After all

When we first met
We spoke so brief
When you sang a sonnet
I hummed sweet relief
Do you recall that night we took the L
Out into Bushwick
It was colder than hell

So maybe there
We should have stopped
Cause I’m left here feeling like a cop
Because my love is strong
And my heart is weak
After all

To the other side
of the state’s return
I met a young girl
Well I couldn’t manage her
Because I think of you
In every girl i meet
It’s no relief
That sounds to me just as sweet

So maybe I’m the fool for feeling used
By the way we kissed that night i though you knew
Because my love is strong
And my heart is weak
After all

shekissesturians  asked:

#7 and #28 :)

7. Do you have any pets?

Yes I have this little floof! Her name is Vici and she’s a two year old poochon.

28. What type of music do you like?

I love all sorts of music. I like a lot of darker folk/Americana and blues. That’s really where my heart is when it comes to music and it influences the music I make to some degree as well. Also I’m a huge fan of 90′s punk and grunge. And then just for a change of pace I listen to a lot of EDM as well.

Thank you for the asks <3