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Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson

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Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson


Blind Willie Johnson was the stuff of legend. A Texas street-corner singer and slide-guitar player in the manner of a bluesman, he instead evangelised his passionate belief in the Bible. Between 1927 and 1930 he wrote and recorded only 30 songs but they were so extraordinarily powerful they have been revived by many a later folk singer and rock guitar player. Here, folk performers from North America and Britain pay tribute to Johnson with 14 of his most striking songs such as "Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground)" performed by The Positively Testcard, "God Moves On The Water" (The Henrys with Margaret O'Hara), "When The War Was On" (3 Mustaphas 3), "John The Revelator" (Julie Murphy & Richard Llewellyn), "Let It Shine" (Mike Seeger & Alexia Smith) and "Tear This Building Down" (Helen Watson & Heather Greenbank).


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  2. Latter Rain / Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning - Jody Stecher And Kate Brislin
  3. I Can't Keep from Crying - Martin Simpson
  4. When the War Was On - 3 Mississippistaphas 3
  5. Tear This Building Down - Helen Watson
  6. John the Revelator - Julie Murphy
  7. Let It Shine - Mike Seeger
  8. God Moves On the Water - The Henrys
  9. God Don't Never Change - Ginny Clee
  10. Soul of a Man - Bob Cooper
  11. Dark Was the Night - Positively Testcard, The
  12. Nobody's Fault But Mine - Martin Simpson
  13. Praise God I'm Satisfied - Peter Stampfel
  14. Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right - Mike Cooper
  15. Latter Rain Done Fell On Me - Jody Stecher And Kate Brislin
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