American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson

American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson is a compilation album released to accompany the award-winning American Epic documentary film series.wikipedia
89 Related Articles

Blind Willie Johnson

Joseph "Blind Willie" Johnson
It collects performances from Blind Willie Johnson's five recording sessions for Columbia Records in Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans between 1927 and 1930.
Johnson's work has become more accessible through compilation albums such as American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson and the Charters compilations.

American Epic

Educational programLo-Max FilmsLo-Max Records
The albums were American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt, American Epic: The Best of The Carter Family, American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson, American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band along with American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly who was not featured in the film.

Third Man Records

Third ManThird Man BooksThird Man Recordings
The album was issued as a download by Sony Legacy and a vinyl LP by Third Man Records.

Compilation album

compilationVarious artistscompilations
American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson is a compilation album released to accompany the award-winning American Epic documentary film series.

American Epic (film series)

American EpicAmerican Epic: The Big BangAmerican Epic documentary series
American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson is a compilation album released to accompany the award-winning American Epic documentary film series.

Documentary film

documentarydocumentariesdocumentary series
American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson is a compilation album released to accompany the award-winning American Epic documentary film series.

Columbia Records

ColumbiaCBSCBS Records
It collects performances from Blind Willie Johnson's five recording sessions for Columbia Records in Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans between 1927 and 1930.

Dallas

Dallas, TexasDallas, TXCity of Dallas
It collects performances from Blind Willie Johnson's five recording sessions for Columbia Records in Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans between 1927 and 1930. Blind Willie Johnson was first recorded by Columbia Records scout Frank Buckley Walker at a temporary studio in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on December 3, 1927.

Atlanta

Atlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta, GAAtlanta, United States
It collects performances from Blind Willie Johnson's five recording sessions for Columbia Records in Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans between 1927 and 1930.

New Orleans

New Orleans, LouisianaNew Orleans, LAOrleans Parish
It collects performances from Blind Willie Johnson's five recording sessions for Columbia Records in Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans between 1927 and 1930.

Music download

Digital downloaddownloaddigital
The album was issued as a download by Sony Legacy and a vinyl LP by Third Man Records. The album was released as a 16-track download and a vinyl LP.

LP record

LPLP albumvinyl
The album was issued as a download by Sony Legacy and a vinyl LP by Third Man Records. The album was released as a 16-track download and a vinyl LP.

Filmmaking

filmmakerfilm productionproduction
During production on the American Epic films it was decided to close the historical documentaries with a piece on Blind Willie Johnson and the placing of his song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” on a golden record fastened to the sides of the two Voyager space probes.

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)Dark Was the Night--Cold Was the Ground
During production on the American Epic films it was decided to close the historical documentaries with a piece on Blind Willie Johnson and the placing of his song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” on a golden record fastened to the sides of the two Voyager space probes.

Voyager Golden Record

Golden RecordGolden DiskThe Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition
During production on the American Epic films it was decided to close the historical documentaries with a piece on Blind Willie Johnson and the placing of his song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” on a golden record fastened to the sides of the two Voyager space probes.

Voyager 2

2Voyager IIMariner 12
During production on the American Epic films it was decided to close the historical documentaries with a piece on Blind Willie Johnson and the placing of his song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” on a golden record fastened to the sides of the two Voyager space probes.

Frank Buckley Walker

Frank B. WalkerFrank Walker
Blind Willie Johnson was first recorded by Columbia Records scout Frank Buckley Walker at a temporary studio in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on December 3, 1927.

Recording studio

studioradio studiorecording studios
Blind Willie Johnson was first recorded by Columbia Records scout Frank Buckley Walker at a temporary studio in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on December 3, 1927.

Deep Ellum, Dallas

Deep EllumDeep Ellum, Dallas, TexasClub Dada
Blind Willie Johnson was first recorded by Columbia Records scout Frank Buckley Walker at a temporary studio in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on December 3, 1927.

Gospel music

gospelgospel choirgospel singer
Johnson performed a gospel repertoire within a blues framework.

Blues

blues musicthe bluespiano blues
Johnson performed a gospel repertoire within a blues framework.

Bass (voice type)

bassbassesbasso
His powerful bass vocal had a unique gravelly timbre and was accompanied by his distinctive and highly influential slide guitar.

Timbre

timbraltonetimbres
His powerful bass vocal had a unique gravelly timbre and was accompanied by his distinctive and highly influential slide guitar.