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47. Summon The Spirit Of Robert Johnson

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King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson - COURTESY
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First off, load up the playlist: "Cross Road Blues," "Come on in My Kitchen" and "Terra Plane Blues." Then it's downtown to the historic Gunter Hotel, the turn-of-the-century landmark that, in November 1936 served as the makeshift recording studio for blues legend Robert Johnson. The mysterious Delta blues master cut only 28 songs in his lifetime, over half of which were captured over that three-day span in Room 414. The Mississippi crossroads where Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil may hold more mystique, but Room 414 is a rare tangible spot among hallowed blues grounds. 205 E. Houston St., 227-3241, sheratongunter.com

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