John Jackson (blues musician)
John Jackson (February 24, 1924 – January 20, 2002) was an American Piedmont blues musician; his music did not become primary until his accidental "discovery" by folklorist Chuck Perdue in the 1960s. He had effectively given up playing for his community in 1949.
Life and career
He was born in John H Jackson in Woodville, Virginia, United States into a musical family, and learned to play guitar at a young age. He moved to Fairfax in his twenties, where he worked as a gravedigger, among other jobs.
His first recordings were released the early 1960s on the Arhoolie Records label. He visited Europe several times, played at folk festivals, and also recorded for Rounder and Alligator Records. He also appeared around Washington, D.C. with 'the Travelling Blues Workshop', which included Jackson, Archie Edwards, Flora Molton, Mother Scott, Phil Wiggins and John Cephas.
Jackson had six boys and one girl with his wife Cora Lee Carter Jackson. He was preceded in death by his wife Cora Lee (1990), and his sons John Jackson Jr (1978), Ned Jackson (1978), and MacArthur Jackson (1996). Two of his remaining sons died after him; Lee Floyd Jackson (2006) and Timothy Jackson (2008). His daughter Cora Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson and James Edward Jackson still live in the Fairfax, Virginia area.
- Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (1970)
- Step It Up And Go (1979)
- Deep In Bottom (1990)
- Country Blues & Ditties (1999)
- Front Porch Blues (1999)
- Rappahannock Blues (2010)
- Interview with John Jackson by Elijah Wald
- John Jackson remembered from bluesworld.com
- John Jackson 1924-2002 from Music Tree Artist Management
- "Fingerpicking Blues of John Jackson" from Homespun Video
- Illustrated John Jackson discography
- Smithsonian Folkways Featured Artist: John Jackson