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)