Luther Johnson (Guitar Junior)

Luther Johnson ( * April 11, 1939 in Itta Bena, Mississippi) is an American blues singer and guitarist, who performs under the stage name Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, to distinguish them from two other guitarists the same name.


In his early years in Mississippi blues and gospel were his formative musical influences. He listened at the time included blues greats like Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, and Muddy Waters. His first guitar bought him his mother, his cousin taught him how to play.

Johnson was, in the mid -1950s to Chicago, at a time when the West Side guitar style of Magic Sam and Otis Rush developed. Here he opted for the blues. In the 1960s he played in the band of Magic Sam and performed together with various blues greats such as Sunnyland Slim, Bobby Rush, Little Addison, Willie Kent and Jimmy Dawkins. From 1972 to 1980 he was a member of the band of Muddy Waters, which also earned him his breakthrough. During one of the tours with Waters was also his first solo album Luther 's Blues.

In 1980 he left Waters Band and formed his own, "The Magic Rockers ". Also, he left Chicago and settled near Boston, but remained the Westside style faithful, even when he expanded his repertoire in the direction of jump blues. Since 1980 he is the frontman of the Magic Rockers, took on plates for Telarc, Alligator Records, Bullseye Blues and has undertakes extensive tours.


Solo albums

Guest appearances

With Muddy Waters


  • 2003 Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Warming By The Devil 's Fire Original Soundtrack