The Times West Virginian

June 27, 2013

‘People music’ marks Johnnie Johnson Festival

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — It sounds like the blues should be sad music.

Bill Stalnaker says it isn’t.

“It’s people music,” he said. “It talks about the real things. Real life.”

Starting July 5 and continuing through the weekend into July 7, the annual Johnnie Johnson Festival will bring world-famous blues musicians into Fairmont to share their stories about life through the blues.

On its 12th year, the festival was born as a homecoming celebration for Johnnie Johnson, a Fairmont native recognized as one of the founding fathers of rock and roll and a famed blues and jazz pianist in his own right.

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