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Chikan Supe

by Super Chikan

Front porch boogie and backyard blues from a legendary Clarksdale, Mississippi bluesman and folk artist.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Poor Broke Boy
5:32 $0.99
2. Reliable Sources
5:46 $0.99
3. Wavy Thoughts
3:59 $0.99
4. Just Ain't the Same No More
8:58 $0.99
5. Old Field Song
4:42 $0.99
6. Ground Zero
5:32 $0.99
7. Clarksdale
4:42 $0.99
8. Don't Play
3:48 $0.99
9. Special Glow
4:27 $0.99
10. Robert Johnson
3:42 $0.99
11. A Tribute to the King
5:33 $0.99
12. Groundhog Blues
3:05 $0.99
13. All My Yesterdays
5:50 $0.99
14. Heartache
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born in Darling, Mississippi on February 16, 1951, James "Super Chikan" Johnson didn't come into the world with much to call his own. He grew up in his grandmother's house with 21 cousins, uncles and aunts. The family lived out on a Delta farm, picked cotton and scratched for everything they got. Out of this tough environment, Chikan did have one good turn of fortune. "My mama had a two string guitar from the Army surplus store," explains Chikan. "I learnt my first notes from her. I learned to play like Jimmy Reed on those two strings. I also heard James Brown, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. I was listening to blues AND country & western. I never knew there was a difference. That why I call my new album 'Chikan Supe.' Regardless of what I'm playing it all comes out together. Music is music as far as I'm concerned. If it works, it works." Chikan's eclectic brand of blues also benefited from his early experiments with homemade instruments. "I was about 7 years old, and I made my first diddley bow [one-string guitar] upside my Grandma's barn. I was out there playing on that thing so much that one day a guy stopped to hear me play. He told me that he could take me and that thing to Washington, and we'd be rich in two week's time. I ran in and told my Grandmother, and she said, 'Boy you crazy. You can't carry that barn to Washington.'" Luckily, other opportunities came Chikan's way. "My Uncle Big Jack [Johnson] had a club in Clarksdale called the Black Fox, and I went in there and played with him when I was in my early 20s," recalls Chikan. "I was shaking in my shoes, but it went pretty good. I ended up playing bass for Big Jack and the Jelly Roll Kings for a while around town." Eventually, Chikan broke out on his own in the late 1970s, recording a handful of tracks with the Wesley Jefferson Band and three full albums for Rooster Blues and Fat Possum Records. As a result of these recordings, he toured the U.S. as well as Africa, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and Switzerland. Still, if you ask him the name of his favorite place to play, and the answer is quick. "Ground Zero Blues Club, right here in my hometown," says Chikan. "The owners Bill Luckett, Morgan Freeman and Howard Stovall have been real good to me. When Bill and Morgan show up, we have a lot of fun because they both love to dance. They say, 'Go Super Chikan, go!'" According to Chikan, the club has motivated him in other ways, too. "One night after leaving the club, I had a dream about performing there in which I had a 'crossroads' experience, so I wrote a song about it called 'Ground Zero'," he says. It's fitting then that Luckett and Freeman helped to make the CD you are holding in your hands a reality. "Bill Luckett asked me when I was going to do another CD," remembers Chikan. "I said as soon as I can find a place and a way to do it." With that, Luckett called Jimbo Mathus' Delta Recording Studio in downtown Clarksdale, and the rest, as they say, is history.
-- Roger Stolle,



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kat in the delta

2 arts for 1
Great mix of music!! 2 for the price of 1--the artist and his music ----a collector's MUST BUY !!!!

Daddy Rich

FINGER LICKIN' GOOD!!! The Chikan has done it again!!!
This is the real deal folks. Buy this album now!!
Blues at its finest played on homemade instruments at that!


Great Cd and great live performance on The Kennedy Millennium Stage. See archive 5/24/2006

John Lowery

Great Music dine the way it needs to be done.
This is one great cd with just great music. We do not get enough of you in Chicago, But you are worth the drive to find your music. I look forward to the next cd and the next time I can see you in person.

mike taylor

I loved the "Supe" and know what to look for in the future. Also thanks to Bluesville via Directv for gettin me there!

Chris Porter

Great CD, Great Artist
I have been spending all my work time in bluesville on XM and heard a couple of songs from this artist on this cd. I really liked the sound of the songs so I ordered the cd. Rarely can i listen to a cd the whole way through, but I have listened to this cd the whole way through several times. Love the blues and love the music of super chikan!

Curtis Keyes

Awesome performance at the Chicago Blues Festival. The CD is equally good. From the moment Super Chikan stepped on stage at the festival, I knew I had to buy his CD. I look forward to more of Super Chikan.

df murphy

most excellent!
once i heard "just ain't the same no more" on xm radio's bluesville, i had to get this disc. pure blues with great vocals and guitar! run, don't walk, and purchase this disc now!

Cichard Risman

Cluck-a-Doodle-Doo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is another fine product by another fine Chikan. Not many albums can grab your attention all the way through, but this one is definatly an exception! Chikan Supe had me up cluckin' all night long and i'm sure it will have you doin' the same. This is another CD that surely belongs in your album collection.
"Somebody Shoot That Thang!!!"


His Licks and riffs are very "impressionante"
a couple of years ago i bought the fatpossum cd of Super Chikan:one star rating.
Chika Supe : more than a surprise,thats what I and my listeners like here in France.
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