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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Nothing But The Blues XIV

Lightnin' Hopkins was a performer with a enormous ability to improvise. And he would do so. Both on stage or in the studio, he would never play a song twice the same way. And it was not just that he would change the music. The lyrics would change as well. His particular style of improvising was later called 'air music'. A Style he shared with John Lee Hooker.
Although Lightnin's recording career didn't start until 1946 he was at the center of the blues scene for over 35 years. He stayed an active performer until his death, of lung cancer, in 1982. During those 35 years he played with people like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. He also inspired an entire rock generation like Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.
A while back the weblog Zero G Sound had a wonderful collection of Lightnin' Hopkins albums posted.
From the faults of Everest part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Please check them out.
All the recordings on this disc date from one session! Houston, Texas, February 25, 1948. Apart from tracks 11 Honey Babe (Steiner - Webster) and the well known See See Rider by Ma Rainey (track 14) they are all written by Sam Hopkins.

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