Super chikan blues come home to roost

He spent his childhood moving from town to town in the Mississippi Delta and working on his family's farms. He was fond of the chickens on the farm, and before he was old enough to work in the fields, he would walk around talking to them. This led his friends to give him the nickname "Chikan Boy". At an early age, Johnson got his first rudimentary musical instrument, a diddley bow . As he grew up, he came up with new ways to improve and vary the sounds he could make with it, and in 1964, at the age of thirteen, he bought his first guitar , an acoustic model that had only two strings, from a Salvation Army store in Clarksdale. [2]

I don’t mind that James “Super Chikan” Johnson doesn’t exactly play in tune, or that he doesn’t always stick to the standard 12 bars in his songs. There’s a sense of warmth, humor and complete lack of guile to his cryptic tales that makes Blues Come Home to Roost (Rooster Blues R2634; 59:51) somehow engaging. Johnson deals in the human relationships and sociology of the Mississippi Delta where he has lived all his life and worked alternately as a truck driver, cab driver and bluesman. Tunes like “Captain Love Juice,” “Crystal Ball Eyes” and “Camel Toe” come across as raw, unrefined and real. There’s an eccentric charm here, the sonic equivalent of the Southern primitive school of painters who are all the rage these days. Probably more suitable for art school grads than hardcore blues fans.

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