Born in 1938 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Larry Johnson is an expert East Coast Country Bluesman who sings the blues, backed by his beautiful Stride Guitar playing (a two-finger pick style using thumb and first finger). The re-emergence of Larry Johnson has been one of the delights of recent years. 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. He remains at the peak of his powers, causing jaws to drop with his supremely confident picking.
Following his previous solo release with Armadillo Music Blues For Harlem, Larry was joined for Two Gun Green by Brooklyn guitarist Brian Kramer and his band The Couch Lizards. Sam Charters who wrote extensive liner notes for the project praised Brian & his crews writing.
The group working with Larry on this album reflect some of the new realities of the blues we’re deeply fortunate he’s here with Brian and the Couch Lizards to lay it down for us. Kramer delivers some fine acoustic slide (sounding a bit like Muddy Waters) with his steel bodied National and he’s just as focused everywhere else on the CD.
– US Living Blues Magazine
I can’t feel down about the blues when it kicks in with a record like this one. As long as this kind of groove and this kind of feel is still part of the blues, it feels like the blues has some life left to it.
– As acclaimed musician and musicologist Samuel Charters says in his sleeve notes