Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks
Calgary International Blues Festival (2013)

James "Super Chikan" Johnson is a Blues Music Award-winning American blues musician, artist and guitar maker based in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Born in Darling, Mississippi on February 16, 1951, he spent his childhood moving from town to town in the Mississippi Delta and working on his family's farms. He was very fond of the chickens on the farm, and before he was old enough to work in the fields, he would walk around talking to them. This led his friends to give him the nickname "Chikan Boy".

At an early age, Johnson got his first rudimentary musical instrument, a "diddley bow", which was simply a piece of wood with a piece of baling wire stretched from end to end. As he grew up, he came up with new ways to improve and vary the sounds he could make with it, and finally, in 1964, at the age of thirteen, he bought his first guitar, an acoustic model that had only two strings, from a Salvation Army store in Clarksdale.

As an adult, "Super Chikan" began driving trucks and tractors for a living. During the long stretches on the road or in the field, he began composing his own songs. When he showed some of the songs to his friends, they convinced him to go a studio and record them. He then started playing with some renowned local musicians, but he decided he would rather perform on his own than try to conform his style to that of his bandmates. He did so, and in 1997 "Super Chikan" released his debut album, Blues Come Home to Roost, influenced by such musicians as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Chuck Berry. He went on to release What You See in 2000, Shoot That Thang in 2001, Chikan Supe in 2005, Sum Mo Chikan in 2008, and Chikadelic in 2009, which was awarded the 2010 Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. Welcome to Sunny Bluesville is "Super Chikan's" latest CD. Recorded live at Sirius / XM Satellite Radio's state-of-the-art studio in Washington, DC, it features Chikan both solo and with his band, The Fighting Cocks.

In the Clarksdale area, "Super Chikan" is probably best-known for performing regularly at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero blues club, and for being Freeman's favorite blues performer. For the second year in a row, "Super Chikan" was nominated for the 2011 Blues Music Awards for BB King Entertainer of the Year, and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year.



Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks