For about twenty years Tommy Johnson was perhaps the most important and influential blues singer in the state of Mississippi. He was one of the few black musicians to whom that much abused epithet 'legendary' rightfully applies.

- David Evans, Tommy Johnson

Next to Son House and Charley Patton, no one was more important to the development of pre-Robert Johnson Delta blues thatn Tommy Johnson. Armed with a powerful voice that could go from a growl to an eerie falsetto range and a guitar style that had all of the early figures and licks of the Delta style clearly delineated, Johnson... left behind a body of work that's hard to ignore.

- Cub koda, All Music Guide

Johnson's recordings showcased an eerie falsetto and masterfully manipulated vocal dynamics that established him as the premier Delta blues vocalist of his day.... Johnson was remebered for playing the guitar between his legs like he was riding a mule, playing it behind his head, tossing the guitar up in the air, and other acrobatic antics.

- from Trail of the Hellhound, presented by The National Park Service


[Johnson's] unique vocal qualities, not the dark heaviness typical of bluesmen at the timek but a more flexible, lighter toned, more relaxed instrument that, coupled with his guitar, made his music as busy" as it was beautiful

- Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

There is no doubt that the music of the blues singer and guitarist Tommy Johnson epitomised the Mississippi Blues at its most expressive and poetic. ... Big Road lues, Maggie Campbell Blues and Cool Drink of Water have been classics blues from the Missippi for decades, covered by many artists. Canned Head was adopted as the name for the American 60's group

- Document Records, liner notes

About that time,..., Johnson met the devil at the crossroads at midnight and handed him his guitar. When the devil handed it back, Johnson told them, he could play anything he wanted.

- Keith O'Brien, in the Times-Picayune, Crystal Springs, Mi.

He just had rambling on his mind. he'd do as much work as anybody.. He justhit the road. Look for him when you see him.

- Majer Johnson, brother of Tommy Johnson

He’d kick the guitar, flip it, turn it back of his head and be playin’ it. Then he’d get straddled over it like he was ridin’ a mule – pick it that way.

- Houston Stackhouse, Delta Blues artist

He practically picked it up hisself. He made them songs up hisself and tuned'em up hisself, just air music.

- Majer Johnson, brother of Tommy Johnson