Audio: Bill Steber
From the album All
Lonnie Pitchford was discovered in his teen years by folklorist Worth Long and was taken to Washington where he performed on the one-string diddley bow. Since then, Lonnie appeared on numerous albums and in documentary films such as "Deep Blues". In 1994, Rooster Records released his first, and so far only, solo CD. Lonnie first learned the music of Robert Johnson form the musician's step-son Robert Jr. Lockwood.
Under Lockwood's tutelage, Pitchford became one of the foremost interpreters of Robert Johnson's music. Lonnie is shown here in the house identified by Honey Boy Edwards as the house he and Robert Johnson were playing in the night Johnson was alleged poisoned by a jealous husband in 1938 at age 26. Tragically, Pitchford himself died in November of 1998 at age 43.
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