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Justin Johnson Interview on WUNC

Roots Music and the Cigar Box Guitar

For my second independently produced interview for North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, I brought in Guitarist Justin Johnson to play songs from his newest album and talk about his involvement in the country’s large (or so I’m told) cigar box guitar movement.

The album he was promoting, Smoke & Mirrors, had been recorded on all pre-WWII homemade roots instruments from a museum in Alabama at either Sun Studios in Memphis (“the birthplace of Rock & Roll”), an old sharecropper’s shack in Clarksdale, Mississippi (“the birthplace of the blues”), or the alleged crossroads in Clarksdale where Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil.

As well as a full web post, one song from the interview was selected as part of’s supplementary “Listen” series. The “Listen” article was the #3 most read post on the website on November 11, 2014, and enjoyed several hundred hits on SoundCloud that week as well.

Click the play button below to hear the entire conversation or head to the original post at

Entire Interview