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Roots Music According to Justin Johnson
A 3-Part Instructional Roots Music DVD Series
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Get back to your Roots! Learn the songs, techniques, and musical styles that molded  our American Musical Traditions.  

People have been crafting musical instruments from found objects for thousands of years. These instruments spawned the musical roots of Blues, Traditional, Folk, and Gospel genres in a very literal way, because the original innovators of these genres generally started playing on homemade instruments like the One String Diddley Bow and 3-String Guitar. Because of this, roots instruments informed the approach that these musicians took... So if you want to play roots music, you need to learn how to play roots instruments! 

For centuries music was passed down from one person to another in the folk tradition.  One person would play and explain a song, riff, or style, imparting the knowledge needed to perform the piece to another.  Learning in this traditional way improves the student’s ear and gets them thinking about music as MUSIC, not as notes on paper.  This is the approach that Justin takes to teaching the songs, riffs, and techniques in this DVD Series.  In other words, you will learn music the way that the Roots music pioneers learned... person-to-person and note-by-note!


1. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
2. Wade in the Water
3. Down by the Riverside
4. When the Saints Go Marching In
5. Underwater Stroll
6. Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes
7. The House of the Rising Sun
8. In the Pines
9. Phone Call From God (on a Stormy Night in a Knoxville Hotel Room)
10. St James Infirmary
11. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

1. Midnight at the Crossroads
2. Grinnin' in Your Face
3. Home Sweet Home
4. I Shall Not Be Moved
5. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
6. Talk About Suffering
7. You Got to Move
8. Down by the Riverside
9. Banks of the Ohio
10. Amazing Grace
11. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

The Story...

Justin Johnson's highly anticipated double album "Smoke & Mirrors" is the most comprehensive musical statement yet made, about the past, present, and future of handmade American Roots instruments~ A sensory immersive musical journey that will have you spellbound from the first note.

The "Smoke" album highlights the builds of some of the most talented, innovative, and artistic luthiers in the world today.  "Smoke" was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio, the “Birthplace of Rock & Roll,” using the studio’s combination of vintage equipment and modern technology to showcase the corresponding qualities in the 18 modern roots instruments featured.

The "Mirrors" album is a historical retrospective that showcases American Roots instruments, through acoustic recordings on 8 pre-WWII relic instruments from Bill Jehle's Cigar Box Guitar Museum.  For these recordings, we traveled down the historic Blues Highway 61 to capture acoustic field recordings at the authentic Crossroads of Blues legend, and at Shack Up Inn on the historic Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale Mississippi, “The Birthplace of the Blues.”  

Two enclosed full-color 24 page booklets are packed with photos of the journey, and of each of the instruments used in the recordings, along with detailed descriptions of the modern instruments featured on the "Smoke" album, and the stories behind the museum relics that shine on the "Mirrors" album. 

Roots Christmas
Justin Johnson's
Brand New Cigar Box Guitar Holiday Release!

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1. Feliz Navidad
2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Blue Christmas
5. Here Comes Santa Claus
6. Silver Bells
7. White Christmas
8. O Holy Night
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. Silent Night
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