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Wheatbread Johnson

Wheatbread Johnson

 

Wheatbread Johnsonwas born in Rockton, Illinois, a small village on the muddy Rock river where there was very little to do except play Blues guitar, fish or get into trouble. He dedicated himself to Blues at the age of eight when he saw Muddy Waters playing his beat up red telecaster on public television. Wheatbread apprenticed with Freeport, Illinois' legendary musical family, the Cole Brothers, who specialized in R&B, Soul and classic Chicago Blues. First chance he got, at 17, he moved to Chicago to study music where he became a fixture on the windy city's Blues and Jazz scene. Since then Wheatbread has played as a sideman and bandleader in over 25 countries on five continents and taught thousands of students as Artist In Residence for Blues festivals and as professor of Jazz and Blues guitar at Rock Valley College. In 2013, Wheatbread decided Chicago was "too damn cold" and he moved to Austin, TX to make some joyful noise.

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