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Larry Johnson

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Born in 1938 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Larry Johnson is an expert East Coast Country Blues man who sings the blues, backed by his beautiful "Stride Guitar" style (a two-finger pick style using thumb and first finger). He has also appeared in a number of films. Larry is one of the, few remaining, great elder statesmen of the authentic blues tradition. When he started playing music, as a transplanted Georgian in New York City in the 1960s, Johnson was a friend and apprentice to such venerable artists as Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Big Maybelle and especially, Rev. Gary Davis. Like a handful of other aspiring bluesmen in New York at the time, Johnson availed himself of Davis's guitar lessons. Among Davis's pupils, Johnson has probably come closest to mastering the guitarist's awesomely complex style. That style has long since been incorporated into Johnson's own high speed, hard-picked but sweet sound, which also borrows from Blind Boy Fuller and ragtime.

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