Johnson was born in Lambert, MS, in 1940. His father was a musician, playing fiddle, banjo, and guitar, and loved country music and blues. His son was also a big country music fan and they began playing together when Big Jack was only 13. Johnson also learned slide guitar from a local musician named Earnest Roy (that's his son, Earnest Jr., who played drums on The Oil Man).
|Frank Frost (left) and Sam Carr|
Juke Joint Saturday Night, a session with his band, the Cornlickers, that attempted to capture the feel of a regular weekend appearance at Red's. The results were successful, as Johnson tackled a number of standards and played some incredible guitar, such as on the instrumental, "Jack's Guitar Groove," which starts somewhere around James Brown and winds up down in Howlin' Wolf territory. Johnson's last release was Katrina, in 2009. It was also a self-release, but Johnson was to the point that he knew what he wanted with his sound and figured he had the best idea of how to do it. Katrina was a tribute to the spirit and people of his home state, but has not been widely heard.