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Robert Johnson special with writer Bruce Conforth

Bruce Conforth, the writer of a new biography on the great bluesman Robert Johnson joins Cerys to explore the man behind the music and his fascinating life story.

Bruce Conforth, writer of a new biography on the great bluesman Robert Johnson joins Cerys to explore the man behind the music. The guitarist who supposedly sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads led a life shrouded in mystery and myth-making - the new biography seeks to find answers with fresh research.

Plus, Cerys digs into her collection to play blues of all hues. From cutting edge contemporary sounds to scratchy old vinyl from the past, whether it’s from Memphis, Mali, or Manchester, no stone is left unturned in the search for the best of the blues.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Mary Lane

    Bad Luck And Trouble

    • Travelin' Woman.
    • Women of the Blues.
  • Koko Taylor

    Sure Had a Wonderful Time Last Night

    • Deluxe Edition: Koko Taylor.
    • Alligator Records.
  • Up Jumped The Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson - Interview with Bruce Conforth

    • Robert Johnson

      I Believe I'll Dust My Broom

      • The Complete Recordings.
      • Sony Music Entertainment.
    • Robert Johnson

      They're Red Hot

      • Complete Recorded Sessions.
      • Burning Fire.
    • Robert Johnson

      Me and the Devil Blues

      • The Complete Recordings.
      • Sony Music Entertainment.
    • Howlin’ Wolf

      Moanin' At Midnight

      • Moanin' in the Moonlight.
      • Chess Records.
    • The Rolling Stones

      Love In Vain

      • Let It Bleed.
      • Decca Records.
    • Lucinda Williams

      Ramblin' on My Mind

      • Ramblin'.
      • Smithsonian Folkways.
    • Eric Clapton

      Come On In My Kitchen (Electric Version)

      • Single.
      • Reprise Records.
  • Keb’ Mo’

    I Remember You

    • Oklahoma.
    • Concord Records.
  • A Tribute to Dr. John

    • Dr. John

      Helping Hand

      • ZuZu Man.
      • Charly Records.
  • Ajay Srivastav

    Surya Namaskar

    • Karmic Blues.

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