Louise Johnson was a known blues player and singer who recorded only one session, consisting of four titles. For some time it was thought that ‘Cripple’ Clarence Lofton was pianist on these recordings as the piano playing does resemble his typical playing style, including the frequent shortening and lengthening of the typically 12-bar blues phrases, octave + fifth walking bass, and borrowed material from Davenport’s Cow Cow Blues and Speckled Red’s Wilkins Street Stomp. However, other elements not typical of Lofton are also present and so the prevailing opinion is that Johnson is, indeed, the pianist. Johnson’s piano style is especially earthy and low down.
Louise Johnson’s four sides can be found on Mississippi Blues Vol. 1.