Internationally known blues musician James “Super Chikan” Johnson of Clarksdale, Miss., will perform with his band at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Grand Prairie Center at Stuttgart. Tickets are $25.
“Johnson’s first musical efforts came through building and playing a diddly bo, a one string instrument popular among Delta blues musicians,” according to a news release.
“By the time he was in his early 20s, he was playing bass in local clubs with his uncle Big Jack Johnson. Johnson went on to play bass and guitar for a number of Delta blues bandleaders, including Frank Frost, Ernest Roy Sr., Sam Carr, and Wesley Jefferson. Johnson’s first record captivated the critics and blues audiences, earning him awards for Best Blues Album and Best Debut Album from the 1998 Living Blues Magazine Awards,” according to the release.
Johnson performs solo and with his band, The Fighting Cocks, at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe. His CD, Chikan Supe, was released in 2005 on Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Knockdown South Records.
The musician still performs in Clarksdale clubs and at music festivals around Mississippi.
“In 2004, he was a recipient of Mississippi’s Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2006, he was a featured performer for the Library of Congress’s ‘Homegrown’ series and also performed at the Kennedy Center as part of their Millennium Stage series,” according to the release.
The Grand Prairie Center is owned and operated by Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas-Stuttgart.
Tickets to the performance are $25 and available at the Grand Prairie Center Box office at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas-Stuttgart, online at www.pccua.edu/GPC or by calling 870-673-4201, Ext. 1895.