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Published on Oct 15, 2016
82 years after the late great Robert Johnson records at the Gunter Hotel, I got the chance to step into the comer of room 414!
Let me start out by saying that the purpose of this recording wasn't to fully imitate Robert Johnson. As Jimi Hendrix once mentioned, ''l've been imitated so well l've heard people copy my mistakes." Though l'm sure you'll hear mistakes that l've copied and hear some of my own mistakes, this album is if anything, a tribute or commemoration of Johnson's original works of art.
I recorded the album 'RAW' and all at the same time, ''NOT track-on-track." I didn't hide anything. - - Even though this album is much cleaner than the RJ recordings from the 1930's, we are now in a digital age of technology. Set that aside and you'll still hear the talking of the busy crossroads of E. Houston St. and N. Saint Mary's St. - - In fact, there were lots of times that it was too loud and I had to stop and start over again. Cars, buses and big trucks passing by along with your friendly neighborhood 'boom-boxing' vehicles made for an interesting week.
My hope is that you really enjoy listening to the album as I've enjoyed recording it. I was in good company during the recording and could feel the musical spirit of Johnson as I closed my eyes and dived into the comer that so many before and after me will do!
Learning the music of Robert Johnson would not have been possible without the help of Tom Feldmann. - - lf you get inspired by this recording and would like to learn the Delta croon of Johnson, then I would recommend Tom, as he will walk you through step-by-step instruction - - either in one of his workshops or through video.
I will say, I had blended Tom's style with RJ's, - - and mine,- - and even then - - still missed some in between... much gratitude and gratefulness to my fans, friends and family for continuing to support my music and me!
Thank you Tom Feldmann. Your dedication and direction really served me well. - JJK
- A very special thanks to the Gunter Hotel Staff..!
- - This album is dedicated to my family: Amaris L. Knight, Stephen Joe Knight, Robert (Jay) & Tammy Knight, Brandon Miles, Allen and Jeremy Knight, Joey/Chris/Sandra Steelman and family... and the love of my life - - Vanessa...
SK RECORDS / Studio Knights "Where the Music Never Sleeps".
- Recording, Album Photos, and Assistance: Vanessa G. Salinas - Produced and Engineered by Josh Knight and Vanessa G. Salinas
- General Manager: Mark Vilagi - Operations Manager: Ashley Ellis
All Post Production Work done by Studio Knights in Mesquite Texas.