Call Me from the Grave: The Robert Johnson Story
by Charlie Romano, Jordan Harris and Christopher Puglisi
Call Me from the Grave: The Robert Johnson Story* is a senior project in music, composed by Charlie Romano with a book written by Jordan Harris and Christopher Puglisi. Robert Johnson was a songwriter, guitarist, and blues singer in the 1920s and 1930s. Johnson’s life and death have become notorious for the mystery in which they are shrouded. Although he recorded only about 30 songs, his singular guitar style and songs like “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Crossroad Blues”, and “Me and the Devil Blues” have forever left their mark in American musical history.
After the death of his first wife and baby during a childbirth, Johnson disappeared for eight months. When he returned to his small hometown in rural Mississippi, he came back as an extraordinary guitar player. Since the moment of that return, legend has had it that he sold his soul at a crossroads in exchange for his musical ability. Call Me from the Grave will chronicle the lead up to and aftermath of Johnson’s alleged soul-selling. By so doing, we will explore themes of spirituality, race in the music industry and early 20th century, and Southern rural lifestyles and ethics.
*This musical is an unauthorized account of Johnson’s life.
Performance Dates & Times
February 28, 2019 - 8:00pm
March 1, 2019 - 8:00pm
March 2, 2019 - 2:00pm
March 2, 2019 - 8:00pm
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