Arguably the greatest bluesman of them all, Robert Johnson was born in 1911 and died only 27 years later (allegedly of poisoning), having recorded a scant 29 songs. Legend says Johnson exchanged his soul for musical talent in a swap with the devil at those crossroads. The evidence may be his profound, enduring influence over subsequent generations of blues and rock musicians. Big Head Todd and the Monsters (pictured) recorded a just-released tribute album, 100 Years of Robert Johnson, in Memphis featuring an impressive cast of contemporary blues icons, many of whom will be here to ramble on through the Johnson canon. Joining Big Head Todd will be 95-year-old Honeyboy Edwards (who actually played with Johnson), former Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, plus Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm, the last pair stalwarts of the thriving North Mississippi blues scene.
Sun., March 6, 8 p.m., 2011