I understand his influence on people who had never heard rural blues before, and I think he was talented, but I just don't "get" the legend/hero-worship surrounding Robert Johnson. There were other guitarists in his day as talented, and he was no great shakes as a singer. The "deal with the devil" nonsense was old hat to his contemporaries, and was only "spooky" to naive white folks. I feel the same about Leadbelly. His hard-luck story and "discovery" by Lomax were a big selling point; he could be billed as "authentic" because he had been to jail. I find much of his recorded guitar work to be sloppy and often out of tune and wildly varying in tempo, and not in a listenable way. Again, I don't "hate" them or their output; I just don't get why they are held up by so many as such legendary masters. I think it's a combination of white-folkies' infatuation with authenticity and the record industry's ability and willingness to exploit that infatuation. Thoughts?