In some ways Dion DiMucci’s career has come full circle. Few knew, but back when the legendary singer was scoring hits like "Teenager in Love" and "The Wanderer" in the late ’50s and early ’60s, he was also nurturing a secret love of country blues. In fact, upon first hearing the music of Robert Johnson, in 1959, Dion says he "recognized intuitively that these blues guys were backroad poet geniuses."
Flash forward nearly four decades, and the rock and roll pioneer has himself fully embraced roots music traditions. First, in 2006, he released a stripped-to-the-bones country blues album titled Bronx in Blue. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Dion brought empathy to classics by the likes of Willie Dixon, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and yes, Robert Johnson. He also tossed in a couple of worthy blues originals.