John Long was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1950 & was first exposed to the music he’d make his life’s work not long after. By the late 1950s John was absorbing the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Buster Brown, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Parker, and all the rest of the R&B and jump blues of the day, & working on recreating those sounds with his own guitar.
Yes, he's derivative, but so was Robert Johnson and everyone else who has ever played the blues, because the blues demands it. The blues demands you take what has already been done and said and put your own personal spin on it, but by the same stead, you have to work between the lines, because the blues is an incredibly conservative form. Break the pattern and it isn't the blues anymore. It's a difficult walk to pull off, to sound like something from the past in the present, knowing full well the future is going to sweep it all up together soon enough. Lost and found, indeed.
We are pleased to have Johnny Long aboard the Durango Blues Train on Saturday, May 31st.