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About Super Chikan

Funny, funky, bluesy, real.

James "Super Chikan" Johnson is a master blues showman from the Mississippi Delta. Wielding his unique "chikan-tars," which he makes himself out of gas cans and cigar boxes, Super Chikan has taken his raw, witty blues around the world, playing everything from backyard fish fries in Memphis to major festivals in Europe.

This former field hand and truck driver has released several acclaimed albums and won a W.C. Handy Award, five Living Blues Awards, and the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Beloved by fans of all musical genres, this self-taught songwriter, musician, painter, craftsman, and, yes, philosopher continues to create. With a twinkle in his eye, Super Chikan says, "I don't just sing the blues; I AM the blues."

Super Chikan performs solo, as a duo with his son, or with his four-piece band, The Fighting Cocks. For an honest-to-God Delta bluesman with the flair of a master showman, look no further than Super Chikan.

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Song List Highlights

Chikan says it's hard to do a song list, since he makes up so many of his songs on the spot. His song list does include the following:

Ain't Nobody Bad
Don't Mess with the Blues
Tin Top Shack
Down in the Delta
Big Boy
Hide-A-Way
Little Red Rooster
Scratch My Back
Cross Cut Saw
Woke Up This Morning
You've Got Me Runnin'
Rock Me Baby
Cleo's Back
Kansas City
Sittin' in Ya Ya
Stangy Wid It
Shoot that Thang
Camel Toe
Lucille
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Hello Josephine
The Twist
Oh Baby
White Rock Rooster
Rockin' (That 'Caine) & Rollin' (Mary Jane)
The Real You
El Camino
Good Thing Man
Willie Brown Jr.
Fightin' Cock
Guilty Man
Don't Mess with the Blues
Could Have Been Me
Stormy Monday
Crystal Ball Eyes
What Is It
Poor Broke Boy