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Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

by Stahl MacIntyre

You've played with luminaries of the blues; late greats like Magic Sam and Muddy Waters. What was it like, and what did you learn from them?


Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson: That was back in the 60s. I was little Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson. I had a bit of fun, you know, play the blues, drinkin' whiskey. With Muddy, it was great, you know. I travelled with Muddy, you know, playin' with his band, you had to learn his ways, you know?

During those days, you've shared the stage with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Johnny Winters, as well as an appearance in the Blues Brothers Movie. Do you miss all of that?


LJ: Yeah, uh huh (laughs).

In 1982 you won a Grammy award for your rendition of " Walkin' the Dog." How did that make you feel?


LJ: That was great...yeah.

Who do you listen to for inspiration?


LJ: Years ago, before I started to play guitar, I used to listen to all the guys: Muddy Waters, B.B [King], T-bone Walker, Sonnyboy Williamson, Little Walter, and all those guys back then. But since I been in the business, you know, I listen to myself...see if I make any mistakes, you know (laughs).

I'm going to name some people from your past and I want you to tell me the first thing that comes to mind about each.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

LJ: I met him down with Muddy, he was this little kid, you know, I used to go to his house and eat barbeque. Then at the point when he got big, we used to go down to Austin, Texas and play together, so he was great. When he got big, if I was in the city, the only thing he wanted was for me to call him and I'd just go right on up on stage and he'd go "Ladies and Gentlemen, I want you to see where I got my influence" and I'd take his guitar and play whatever I want. He always was good like that.

Bonnie Riatt

LJ: She always been a sweetheart, we always got along good, you know, I opened some shows for her.

Willie Dixon

LJ: Willie was great. I didn't play with Willie too much, I used to go over to his house and record. I used to sit down with him and he'd tell me about different people he'd record.

Chuck Berry-He came up the same time as me, he was a peer, but he played a different style. I recorded once live in Nice, France, a record on the Black & Blue label. Chuck was out in the audience.

Magic Sam

LJ: Chicago I met him one Sunday night, hit it off with him, you know, he say, "I heard about you." And I say, "Yeah?" I didn't want him know I tried to played guitar, I just told him I sing. He said, "Well I heard you used to play a little guitar too." And I said, "Well, sometimes I try to play a little guitar." And he said, "Get up and play that guitar, get up and do something." He gave me the guitar and I tore the house down and he hired me on that very Sunday night.

Muddy Waters

LJ: I played with Muddy seven and a half years. I couldn't wait 'til night to go to work and hear his sound.

What can Charlottetown expect to see at Myron's on December 8?


LJ: They can expect to see me, you know, I ain't been to Canada in some time, I used to play a lot in Canada, I'm due back in Canada. I got a lot of fans in Canada, so they be happy.

Any advice to young up and comers?


LJ: Yeah, keep playin' the blues.

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