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Robert Johnson's Grandson Worries About Keeping Foundation Afloat

06/12/2015
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(Gibson) The grandson of Robert Johnson says he's working hard to further the legacy of the Delta blues legend. Speaking with American Songwriter, Steven Johnson, Vice President of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation, revealed that it's difficult keeping the Foundation afloat, in part because Johnson devotees in the rock world don't understand that the legacy requires "upkeep."

"It's like they're holding on to what was but they're not embracing what is," he explained. "It's hard to get those people who were really inspired by him to embrace what we're trying to do now. We want those people who he inspired and those who talk so highly of him to reach out and become a part of what we're doing now ."

Johnson went on express his gratitude to those who have acknowledged his grandfather's impact. "I love what they're doing," he said. "I love the fact that Eric Clapton told us that Robert Johnson was the reason he picked up a guitar. Let's keep his legacy alive by giving to others and helping the younger generation to embrace the same music that you have love for." Read more here.

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