“Crossroads” by Clapton, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, and Robert Randolph; I gotcha cultural appropriation right here

Robert Johnson wrote and recorded “Crossroads” in the mid-1930s.

Many, myself included, consider it theĀ icon blues song, a cultural achievement of a high order, like the blues itself.

Those acoustic songs were the platform on which Chicago’s electric blues were built in the 1950s and, a decade later, a fusion of blues and rock.

What today’s best blues-rockers have done with it is amazing, original . . . and it hasĀ kept the genre alive, not as a relic but as a living, evolving musical form.

Just listen to Sheryl and those great backup singers, carried forward on a wave of guitars and some mighty inventive percussion.