Lonnie Johnson’s success of 1948.
My version is based upon the arrangement of Willie Salomon, a fine german-american bluesartist. It’s an ingenious mix of Lonnie’s old style and brand-new design. The old style describes his recordings he made between 1925-37 and uses his “fetish-tuning” drop G (aka G6 tuning, DGDGBE low to high). The brand-new design describes how he played from 1938 on, strumming with a flatpick in standard tuning.
Here’s Willie’s fine performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnnXa8t8i20
Although Lonnie played electric guitar in the years he was rediscovered (1959-70) he recorded a very great version of “Too Late to Cry” on an acoustic guitar while on trip with the AFBF in 1963. He used Muddy Waters’ acoustic of unknown make https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDRg3XMfU94 It’s a great performance, so fragile and lotsa sensation.
I tape-recorded and teach several of his postwar tunes https://www.daddystovepipe.com/lonnie-johnson-volume-2–postwar-style.php
I’m playing a 1927 Gibson L3