CRAIG JOHNSON 'Away Down The Road'

CRAIG JOHNSON 'Away Down The Road'

  • $13.50


This will be a special record for many in the old-time community, not only because the 56-year old Johnson passed away just a few weeks after this CD was released, but also because it is just a very nice recording of a warm and sensitive musician. Johnson, who was a member of various bands, (most notably the Double Decker String Band) has a wonderful collection of 22 songs & tunes here, with a good amount of variety, and he plays banjo, fiddle and guitar on different pieces. He sings in a distinctive, high pitched voice that is especially emotive on songs like LITTLE DAVID, OLD PAINT, the nostalgic NEW HARMONY and a lovely version of BONNIE BESS. There are some neat fiddle tunes, banjo pieces (with tunings supplied) and Johnson even takes a bold crack at a couple of classic blues songs, CAIRO and the haunting Skip James masterpiece, CYPRESS GROVE, and he handles these more than adequately. His notes pay tribute to the many old-time musicians who influenced him, including Virgil Anderson, Luther Davis, Kahle Brewer, Clyde Davenport etc.

Track Listing:

  • MUSKRAT
  • RAKE AND RAMBLING BOY
  • SAIL AWAY, LADIES
  • PINEY MOUNTAINS
  • SIX MONTHS AIN'T LONG
  • LADIES ON THE STEAMBOAT
  • JODY
  • THE VANCE SONG
  • THE LITTLE BROWN BULL
  • CYPRESS GROVE
  • LITTLE DAVID
  • FAREWELL TO WEST VIRGINIA
  • BONNIE BESS
  • THE ROLLING MILLS
  • NEW HARMONY
  • AWAY DOWN THE ROAD
  • CAIRO
  • LET'S HUNT THE HORSES
  • OLD PAINY
  • KEWEENAW LIGHT
  • TAKE THIS HAMMER
  • I'M GOING TO GEORGIA