Down at the Crossroads

Blues Meets Gospel

Rory with Elder Steven Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson, and the Straightway Ministries Choir of Utica, Mississippi.
Shortly after speaking with the Johnson family via phone, Rob and I traveled to Mississippi to meet in person. Robert’s grandson Steven Johnson suggested doing a concert together in New York City with words of introduction by a Johnson family member. Having learned that Elder Steven Johnson was a member of The Straightway Ministries Church and a singer in the choir, I thought we should bring the two elements, blues and gospel, together in one concert. We all got excited and the “Down At The Crossroads/Blues Meets Gospel” tour was born.
THE SHOWS
08/29/07 York, SC Sylvia Theater
08/25/07 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
08/24/07 Savannah, GA Trustees Theater
08/16/07 Louisville, KY Clifton Cultural Center
06/17/07 Arlington, MA The Argent Theater
06/16/07 Warrenton, NC Warren County Celebration
06/15/07 Tryon, NC Tryon Movie House
06/14/07 Kingsport, TN Twilight Alive
06/13/07
Henderson, KY
WC Handy Blues and BBQ Festival
Arlington, VA
08/14/06
Columbia Pike Blues Festival
Portland, ME
08/13/06 Maine State Pier
08/12/06 New York City, NY The Makor Center
08/11/06 Wheeling, WV Heritage Music Festival
Photos by Shonna Valeska