Shining A Fresh Light On A Lightnin’ Hopkins Essential

“…an album that reintroduced Hopkins to music fans and helped tip the ’60s folk and blues revival into being. The effect that one album had on rock ‘n roll is inestimable.”

August 28, 2018

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings splendid reissue of Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Lightnin’ Hopkins” is our ESSENTIAL REISSUE for September.

Chron.com has an excellent feature on the release, “…an album that reintroduced Hopkins to music fans and helped tip the ’60s folk and blues revival into being. The effect that one album had on rock ‘n roll is inestimable.”

“I’d hear Lightnin’ Hopkins who was a figure somewhere out of Texas, who was making some records for a funny little record company called Gold Star, which then went out of business, Lightnin’ disappeared. But I always ate in a same sort of run-down restaurant in the French Quarter and turned out that I was talking one day about Lightnin’ Hopkins, and the cook said, that’s my cousin. And he at least directed me to Houston. And then once I got in the Houston ghetto, after about three days of asking around, found his sister, who didn’t know anything. Found a place where his guitar was on pawn, they didn’t know anything. And finally, I was sitting in my car at a street corner and a car pulled up beside me and a man rolled down the window and said, you looking for me? And I said, you’re Lightnin? That’s right. So I rented a guitar for him, got a bottle of gin, we went back to the little shabby room where he was living, and we made his first LP.”

Read the full article here.

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August 28, 2018

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