Marina hosts blues great

Thursday January 24, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Marina Restaurant welcomes Chicago blues legend Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Johnson spent a lengthy stint in Muddy Waters’ band from 1972-79. He grew up in Mississippi steeped in gospel and blues, but after he moved to Chicago in the mid-’50s, blues was his main passion. He worked with Ray Scott and Tall Milton Shelton before taking over the latter’s combo in 1962. Magic Sam was a major stylistic inspiration to Johnson during the mid-’60s.

Johnson’s 1976 debut album, "Luther’s Blues," was cut during a European tour with Muddy Waters. By 1980, he was on his own, recording with the Nighthawks as well as four tracks on Alligator’s second series of Living Chicago Blues anthologies. With his own band, the Magic Rockers, and the Roomful of Blues horn section, Johnson released "Doin’ the Sugar Too" on Rooster Blues in 1984. In the early-’90s, Johnson was signed to Ron Levy’s Bullseye Blues logo; his three albums for the firm were sizzling, soul-tinged blues with a strong West Side flavor often slicing through. He subsequently recorded a series of albums for the Telarc label, including "Slammin’ on the West Side" (1996), "Got to Find a Way" (1998) and "Talkin’ About Soul" (2001).

Tickets to Johnson’s performance at The Marina are $20.

For more information, call 802-257-7563 or visit


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