Album Set includes two full-length CDs and two 24-pg booklets of photos & stories behind the recordings and the 25 instruments used, from modern-built handmade roots instruments to museum relic cigar box guitars and diddley bows, dating back as far as the early 1900s.
Smoke & Mirrors is Justin Johnson's debut double-album release, Recorded in part at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis TN, "the Birthplace of Rock & Roll," and in part through a series of field recordings at a Sharecroppers' Shack in the Mississippi Delta and at the Crossroads of Blues legend, "the Birthplace of the Blues."
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Matt Ross-Spang
Mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Brad Blackwood
"A MUST FOR ANY BLUES LOVER"
-Vinny Marini, Music on the Couch
"IT IS REALLY FANTASTIC THAT YOU ARE KEEPING THIS ROOTS MUSIC ALIVE"
-Freddy Jenkins, Backporch Music
"THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING RELEASE!"
-King Biscuit Time Radio show
•"Midnight at the Crossroads" from 'Smoke & Mirrors' was licensed to Florentine Films for Ken Burns' documentary film "Jackie Robinson," due for release on PBS in April 2016.
•"In the Pines" from 'Smoke & Mirrors' was licensed to ad agency Wieden + Kennedy for the "Dodge Brothers" national ad campaign for Dodge Motor Company.
•"Grinnin in Your Face" from 'Smoke & Mirrors' is featured on NPR Back Porch Music's "Best of Back Porch Music Vol. 18: Old Enough to Know Better" 2015 Compilation Album.
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
12. Midnight At the Crossroads
13. Grinnin' in Your Face
14. Home Sweet Home
15. I Shall Not Be Moved
16. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down (Acoustic)
17. Talk About Suffering
18. You Got to Move
19. Down By the Riverside (Acoustic)
20. Banks of the Ohio
21. Amazing Grace
22. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Acoustic)