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John Campbell - Blues Legend (1952 - 1993)

Photo courtesy of Karl Bremer

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This site is dedicated to the memory of one of the true legends of the blues. You can't fake the blues. You either have it or you don't. John Campbell's fierce growling blues was forged on the streets where life is often mean, dirty and frightening. His blues are not for the faint of heart.

John Campbell's music had a dark side. His songs often deal with jealousy, revenge, betrayal, death and spiritual torment. The blues was his way of exorcising inner demons. Standing like a gladiator and armed only with his guitar and a few trusted mojos, he threw down a gauntlet in the darkness.

Life may be a fiery inferno filled with pain, grief, and disappointment, but John Campbell never gave in. On every recording and at every performance he played it raw and without apology.

John Campbell was on the brink of national and international fame when he died of a heart attack in 1993. If you were lucky enough to see him live, then you were privileged to see an intense, talented, and tortured man howl at the dark forces of the night. The rest of us are left to mine his CDs, live performances, and rare videos for a glimpse of what might have been.

This site is my tribute to John, but his music and the people it has influenced are his true legacy.

The photo is used with the Permission of Karl Bremer
Photo copyright 1993


Copyright 2003, Thomas Geiger
Revised: August 1, 2006