Lonnie Johnson - Steppin' on the Blues

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Groundbreaking guitar work of dazzling complexity that never fails to amaze -- and this stuff was cut in the 1920s! Lonnie Johnson's astonishingly fluid guitar work was massively influential (Robert Johnson, for one, was greatly swayed by his waxings), and his no-nonsense vocals (frequently laced with threats of violence -- "Got the Blues for Murder Only" and "She's Making Whoopee in Hell Tonight" are prime examples on this 19-cut collection) are scarcely less impressive. Johnson's torrid guitar duets with jazzman Eddie Lang retain their sense of legend over seven decades after they were cut. ~ Bill Dahl

1) Mr. Johnson's Blues (02:40)
2) Sweet Potato Blues (02:56)
3) Steppin' on the Blues (02:52)
4) I Done Told You (02:58)
5) Mean Old Bedbug Blues (02:53)
6) Toothache Blues, Pt. 1 (02:47)
7) Toothache Blues, Pt. 2 (03:20)
8) Have to Change Keys (To Play These Blues) (03:01)
9) Guitar Blues (03:14)
10) She's Making Whoopee in Hell Tonight (03:09)
11) Playing with the Strings (02:59)
12) No More Women Blues (03:00)
13) Deep Blue Sea Blues (03:02)
14) No More Troubles Now (03:14)
15) Got the Blues for Murder Only (03:22)
16) Untitled (02:46)
17) 6/88 Glide (02:58)
18) Racketeer's Blues (03:12)
19) I'm Nuts About That Gal (03:09)

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Steppin' on the Blues | Lonnie Johnson