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Saturday, March 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Blind Willie Johnson lived in obscurity in Texas from 1897 to 1945, yet he eventually became one of the most influential musicians in American history. His slide-guitar playing changed the lives of everyone from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton, Jimmie Page, Ry Cooder, and Jack White. What is it about Johnson and his playing that still entrances and baffles people 66 years after his death? A musician, a playwright, a college professor, and a journalist try to figure it all out. This panel is presented in conjunction with Texas Monthly.

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Robert Darden

Assoc Professor of JournalismBaylor UniversityROBERT DARDEN is the former Gospel Music Editor for Billboard magazine and the author of 25 books, including People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music. He is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Baylor University. His next... Read More →

Shane Ford

No Direction ProductionsSHANE FORD is the founder of the Blind Willie Johnson Memorial Fund and co-founder of No Direction Productions in Austin. Originally from Dallas, he moved to Austin in 2007 to study theater, directing, and government at the University of Texas.

Michael Hall

Sr EditorTexas MonthlyMICHAEL HALL has been playing music in Austin since the 1980s, with bands such as the Soul Bashers, Wild Seeds, the Lollygaggers, the Woodpeckers, and lately the Savage Trip. He is also an award-winning journalist and senior editor at Texas Monthly magazine... Read More →

Steve James

Steve James is an Austin-based touring and recording artist known world-wide as an instrumentalist, singer and composer with a dynamic performance style and an original take on American roots music.

Saturday March 19, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 13AB

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