Lonnie Johnson Guitarist

Lonnie Johnson, Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson, 1894-1970, he played with Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington, with Eddie Lang or Bessie Smith.

above audio file: me, trying to understand the JET BLACK BLUES, 1929 played by Lonnie Johnson, guitar, and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band … originally performed in Eb, I turned the strings a half tone down …
call me a relic, call me what you will,
say I’m old fashioned, say I’m over the hill,
today’s music ain’t got the same soul
I like the old time’s blues men roll…
2) Lonnie Johnson and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
performing the JET BLACK BLUES, 1929:

3) video, featuring him on stage,
“Too Late To Cry”:

4) distinguished audio:
Deep Minor Rhythm Stomp (1929)
duo with Blind Willie Dunn = pseudonym for Eddie Lang (October 25, 1902 – March 26, 1933)

5) historical, 1928,
“playing with the strings”:

6) an online guitar lesson
by Ari Eisinger:


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25 responses to “Lonnie Johnson Guitarist

  1. TBM

    Lonnie Johnson played with some really cool guys.


    • my friend Richard Koechli (Guitarist, Switzerland) has written a guitar tutorial about the fathers of the blues guitar – my personal bible – there’s a youtube trailor, featuring his book:

      in his book MASTERS OF BLUES GUITAR are lessons (and audio tracks) related to
      Memphis Minnie, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Mississippi John Hurt, Tampa Red, Fred Mc Dowell, Blind Blake, Blind Willie Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly etc.


  2. Yeah to being “old fashioned”! I’m a Son House fan, making me a relic too I suppose! L..J. was an amazing musician.


  3. Northern Narratives

    I really like this music.


  4. Love the guitar. I just can’t play one.


    • but my friend Richard Koechli, he really can: he gave permission to me, to use one of his guitar excursions – climbing a mountain somehow – as background music to my New York slide show:


  5. Reminds me of Blind Gary Davis.


    • from Reverend Gary Davis I have a CD “Ragtime Guitar”, for example I like his
      I belong to the band, Hallelujah … (P.S.: tonight I’m playing with a band, second guitarist)


  6. Frizz, you CANNOT do any better on the guitar than work at playing these ol’ timey Blues! I am a Mississippi Delta Blues girl all the way! B.B. King is my homeboy, foh-a shu-ah!


    • I’m proud to have a Mississippi Delta Blues Girl in my audience – do you know ETTA BAKER? – beside B.B. King (a GOD) – maybe you like to listen to an European? My friend Richard Koechli, Switzerland, tries to make a big tribute to BLUES to – ignore the German language in the interview, enjoy his background music


  7. Son House is an icon, Frizz–a total icon!


  8. When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!


  9. Frizzguitar, I enjoy so much your interpretation, what a wonderful subject for this post!
    I’m so happy our blogs met, due to the present way the internet exists.

    From my blog to yours: Cheers!


  10. Reblogged this on euzicasa and commented:
    Happy Friday to all the bloggers out there: Lets keep the internet alive and free, for everyone: reblog, and reblog, so everyone slows down, and hears to beging to listen, to start to enjoy: that life!


  11. You did a lovely job! 😉


  12. Did you get my comments?


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  15. Maruf

    I really love the music. I have many curiosity about the guitar specially electric guitar though I event do not know how to use a base guitar. My friend can tinkle a guitar and from that I got curiosity about this.

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