By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
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.