Blues at the Crossroads Tour Kicks Off in San Francisco January 28

Centennial celebration of the musical legacy of Robert Johnson
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Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911. No one could have predicted the indelible mark he would leave on this world at the time. Sure, he wasn't the first man to sing the blues, nor would he be the greatest, but during his brief 27 years on earth, Johnson's story began and it would seem that not even death would keep him from becoming one of the most influential artists the world has ever known.

How much of his legend is fact we'll likely never know. Does it really matter? What we have now are 29 songs, stories of deals with the devil, and only one or two surviving compatriots of Johnson to fill in the blanks. One of those friends is David Honeyboy Edwards, reportedly with Johnson the day he died. In his biography, The World Don't Owe Me Nothing, Edwards offers several accounts of his time spent with Robert Johnson and he often includes a tale or two during his concerts.

Beginning January 28, 2011, Honeyboy Edwards, along with Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm, and Big Head Todd & the Monsters, hit the road in honor of the 100th anniversary of Robert Johnson's birth. One can be certain that Edwards will discuss his adventures with Johnson and that alone should be ample reason to buy a ticket to one of the many stops on the tour.

Current dates available online are as follows:

Jan. 28 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Jan. 29 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Performing Arts Center
Jan. 30 San Diego, CA (2 shows) Anthology
Jan. 31 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall / UCSB
Feb. 04 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
Feb. 05 Dallas, TX Lakewood Theatre
Feb. 10 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium / U of M
Feb. 11 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall
Feb. 12 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Feb. 13 Meridian, MS Riley Center / MSU
Feb. 16 Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall / UNC Chapel Hill
Feb. 17 Washington, DC Strathmore Performing Arts Center
Feb. 18 Boston, MA Berklee School of Music
Feb. 24 Ridgefield, CT The Playhouse
Feb. 25 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
Feb. 26 Blue Bell, PA Montgomery County Community College
Feb. 27 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Theater
March 4 Milwaukee, WI Potowatomi Casino
March 5 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center
March 6 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
March 8 Urbana, IL Krannert Center – Tyrone Festival Theatre

Photos by Joan Hunt