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Super Chikan

By Stephanie Smittle

SATURDAY 2/8. Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark. 7 p.m. $25.

Super Chikancourtesy of Grand Prairie Center

When people rhapsodize about birdsong, rarely do they mean the song of the chicken. James “Super Chikan” Johnson, however, founded his now-celebrated blues repertoire from those very utterings and sputterings, spending his childhood days trying to understand the language the chickens spoke on his family farm in Mississippi. Born in Darling (Quitman County), Johnson has become known as much for elaborately painted and bejewelled “chikantars” as for his records — “Chikan Supe,” or “Sum Mo Chikan,” produced by Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. Part trucker, part visual artist, part bluesman, Super Chikan is the recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s award for Excellence in the Arts, and his work is archived in the Library of Congress, which brought Johnson to the Kennedy Center for its “Homegrown” series.


February 9
1:00 am
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Grand Prairie Center
2709 Hwy 165 South
Stuttgart, AR 72160
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