Down at the Crossroads
Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Local artist Drew Landon created this Delta Dirt Shirt image inspired by Robert Johnson, his song "Cross Road Blues," and The Crossroads Sign in the Mississippi Delta.
Robert Leroy Johnson was a blues legend, signer songwriter in the 1930's. He was born in Hazlehurst Mississippi, played mostly on street corners and juke joints. He only had two recording sessions, but recorded 29 songs in 1936 and 1937.
According to the myth, Robert sold his soul to the devil at the intersection of Hwy 61 and Hwy 49 to become a guitar virtuoso. Although he died in 1938 at the age of 27, his music is credited for inspiring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Robert Plant. Robert Johnson may have been a Bluesman, but he is also credited for being a founder of Rock n' Roll. His story has inspired several books, films and of course "The Crossroads" sign in the Mississippi Delta.
As a tribute to this story, artist Drew Landon created his image from the blues guitar, but also a Fender guitar for Robert Johnson's lasting impact on music. Mississippi is America's birthplace of music and this shirt celebrates its musical heritage.