1 Nov 2022 07:01

Robert Johnson: Voodoo, Delta Blues, Cursing God, and a Crossroads

Robert Johnson didn’t just play the blues. He embodied them. He drank and womanized his way through the South, New York, and Chicago in the 1930s, until he finally met the devil at the crossroads for a little trade. So the legend goes, anyway. With the same soul he supposedly sold to the devil, Robert Johnson belted lightning blues that captured trouble in 12 bars. But the trouble he touted would eventually trickle into his own life, one bottle of poison at a time.

This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes descriptions of racial violence and traumatic childbirth.

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