Blues guitar legend Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson performing in the intimate setting of The Hideaway Café in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Luther was one of the special guests of The Kid Royal Band for this New Years show. The Kid Royal Band is Chris Royal on vocals & guitar, Ashley and Taylor Galbraith on bass and drums. also sitting in was blues harmonica great, T.C. Carr. This 40 minute set features blues classics including tracks from Luther's many years playing alongside Muddy Waters. The two other segments from this great New Years show include The opening set from The Kid Royal Band with T.C. Carr, and the final segment which featured another blues legend, Bryan Lee, and an encore appearance of Luther Johnson to end the show.
We had the privilege of sitting down with Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson on Friday, May 8th, in Wildwood, FL. Luther spent about a half hour talking about is childhood in Mississippi, making his first guitar, telling his mom (if she bought him a guitar) that one day he would play with Muddy Waters, and his moving from Mississippi to Chicago. Luther also played, as of yet, a previously unreleased song with the working title 'Morning Blues' on his acoustic guitar. Over the next several week we will bring you additional segments that highlight Luther Johnson's stellar career which has seen a Grammy award, W.C. Handy award, a role in the original Blues Brothers movie, a performance at the White House, and extensive world travel. Hopefully too, Luther will pull out another unreleased acoustic gem to entertain us with !