Sunday, March 8, 2015

Johnny Woods - So many Cold Mornings

Harmonica player Johnny Woods was born in 1917 in Looxahoma, Mississippi. Woods' amazing musical skills, like his sometime partner Mississippi Fred McDowell began to receive notoriety in the late 1960s. A self-taught harmonica-player, Woods developed his technique, which relied upon rhythmic figures, by adapting the field hollers he heard people sing while working farmland near his home. Woods was at his best when performing solo on So Many Cold Mornings and Going Up The Country, or playing a typical one-chord traditional Mississippi piece such as Long-Haired Donkey (also known as My Jack Don't Need No Water), which he recorded with both McDowell and R.L. Burnside. Johnny Woods died in 1990 in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
( Centre For Southern Folklore)



Ballas said...

Thank you very much for this excellent post!

Alan Balfour said...

Yet another of those whom George Mitchell plucked out of obscurity in 1967 and eventually recorded at length.

kempen said...

this post is gold !! Swing Master label issued some great music on vinyl, but did not reissue all on cd; this vinyl is a real hard-to-find! TYVM

Xyros said...

@Kempen, the vinyl is not that hard to find in the Netherlands. Swingmaster, a jazz/blues record store in Groningen, still has a lot in stock. I just bought the Johnny Woods lp for 7 euro at my local record store and they have more artists available.
Check out Swingmaster website when they have it back online.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much Xyros