The Best in Acoustic Music Performance

Away Down the Road

Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson has played in string bands since 1972. The two most recent, Double Decker Stringband and Martin & Johnson, can also be heard on 5-String. "Away Down the Road" is our chance to hear Craig on his own, and he has given us quite a gift with this beautiful assortment of original and traditional material on fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

Johnson acknowledges the influences of several "old masters": Clyde Davenport, Luther Davis, and Kahle Brewer. And indeed, one can hear both the archaic and the timeless in Johnson's music. In the liner notes, Craig remarks that "Luther Davis cracked the whip on me for a few years." When he plays Davis "Sail Away, Ladies," it's clear that the friendly whip worked! This nineteenth century tune is directly followed by one of Craig's originals, "Piney Mountains," which also has the universal and timeless quality of the traditional music around it. This continuity is true for the entire album, as Craig's reverence, knowledge, skill, and creativity are vividly on display.

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