Blind Willie Johnson

 

This week on The Blues, you're in for a treat, Saturday night at 11pm, October 10th. I spoke with Gary Golio, an award-winning author who writes books for children about famous musicians like Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix which was a New York Times bestseller. On this special, you'll hear about two of his other books.

The first about Blind Willie Johnson, Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson's Journey to the Stars and the other about Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song.

There'll be songs from both, along with Nina Simone's version of “Strange Fruit,” a song by Sonny Rollins, plus an interview with John Coltrane by Carl-Erik Lindgren during one of Trane's tours with Miles Davis.