**UPDATE**One of the Last of the Best: The Passing of Big Jack Johnson


Apparently the original reports I read were not definitive as Big Jack apparently is still alive and hanging on. I have heard things are dire but he is still alive.

Got the news last night that Big Jack Johnson has passed. Big Jack Johnson was one of the last of the Mississippi Bluesmen steeped in the long chain of great blues performers who formulated American music.

When people say blues, an oft obligatory term, they are far overestimating the music they are referring at times. Big Jack Johnson was blues, he did not just play blues, he was blues. The tight knit community of Clarksdale is mourning the passing of a local hero who became a legend. The Oil Man will be missed the world over.

In our disposable media laden culture too many really important things are overlooked, this should not be one of them.

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