Big Jack Johnson

Big Jack Johnson was a longtime fixture in the Clarksdale, MS. blues scene.  Born the son of a sharecropper in Lambert, MS. in 1939, Johnson played a raw, electrified version of Delta blues.  He was a member of the Jelly Roll Kings and also had a successful solo career.  As a driver for Shell Oil, his nickname was "The Oil Man." 

When he had a concert in Cleveland in 1999, I picked him up at the airport.  There was time to kill before his show.  We stopped at a garden in Akron, Oh.  He picked an apple off the tree and ate it.  He was always a humble country man at heart.


Big Jack Johnson:  Akron, OH, 1999