11/23/2004 02:43:59 PM|||peter patnaik|||Lots of really great response to the Louise Johnson track yesterday, so I will be posting one more track today along with a fun Cripple Clarence Lofton for comparison and the remaining two tracks on Wednesday.




In the comment sections for yesterday's post corrected my post, in which I stated that the piano in "On The Wall" was played by Cripple Clarence Lofton, when it was recently discovered that Johnson played her own piano during those sessions. It of course was assumed because Johnson was a girl she couldn't play piano like that and also the rarity of female singers accompanying themselves on tracks. Today's tracks are from Cripple Clarence Lofton, an fiery piano track called "I Don't Know" and a "Million-Dollar" session with Louise Johnson, Charley Patton, Son House (or William Brown) called "All Night Long." Both Lofton and Johnson have similar piano styles and draw from the same lyrical pool, adding to the confusion.

  • Louise Johnson - All Night Blues (Take 1)


  • Cripple Clarence Lofton - I Don't Know

  • |||110124008752254012|||Hang It On The Wall11/23/2004 03:48:57 PM|||guanoboy|||thanks for more by Louise...wonderful tunes.11/23/2004 06:00:12 PM|||Anonymous|||This is my favourite track of hers. You can understand anyone wanting to claim to be playing that piano, can’t you? It’s fantastic.

    About the Revenant set - well, y’know, you can get the tracks themselves anywhere, but all the notes and transcriptions and stuff are brilliantly detailed - it really does last a long time.

    Here you go: this is their entry for All Night Long, if you’re interested: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/Bed/ljohnson.jpg

    I’ll only leave that jpg on photobucket for, oooh, 8 hours or so; so if you can, you might like to edit the link away when you’ve read it. Delete this entire comment, whatever. Haven't a clue what the legality of such scanning is, and I *really* wouldn’t want to get you into any trouble. I guess Revenant can always console themselves with the thought that such a preview might get them at least the one sale, or something.


    And, jeez, I’d never actually heard any Cripple Clarence Lofton before today. Full-on dance music.11/23/2004 07:11:42 PM|||Tuwa|||These are great, thanks.11/24/2004 08:31:22 AM|||Anonymous|||Good God, y'all!! These Louise Johnson tracks blow me away! I know its heresey to say this, but I've never been a huge fan of that warbling pre-war grrrl blues, like Bessie Smith. But this Louise Johnson stuff is as gritty as it gets, man. Fantastic. I discovered your great blog earlier this fall, and I've been getting quite an education.