But of course, Lightnin' had to earn money, life was very tough, especially for a black man in the USA. Our four fine selections include his album "Lightnin' Hopkins" which saw Lightnin' return to his roots with just a guitar and voice.
Our album includes the rare, and lengthy original essay booklet written by legendary blues writer Samuel Charters and re-tells a fascinating story of his search to find Lightnin amongst his perhaps rightly suspicious associates and family before finally tracking the great man down.
What followed was music playing by Lightnin' as he used to be heard, just by himself with his guitar, the results as you will hear, are stunning! Through the s and into the s, he released one or sometimes two albums a year and toured, playing at major folk music festivals and at folk clubs and on college campuses in the U. He toured extensively in the United States  and played a six-city tour of Japan in Hopkins was Houston's poet-in-residence for 35 years.
He recorded more albums than any other bluesman. Hopkins died of esophageal cancer in Houston on January 30, , at the age of His obituary in the New York Times described him as "one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players. Hopkins's style was born from spending many hours playing informally without a backing band.
His distinctive fingerstyle technique often included playing, in effect, bass , rhythm , lead , and percussion at the same time. Tapping or slapping the body of his guitar added rhythmic accompaniment.
Much of Hopkins's music follows the standard bar blues template, but his phrasing was free and loose. Many of his songs were in the talking blues style, but he was a powerful and confident singer. He dealt with these subjects with humor and good nature. Many of his songs are filled with double entendres , and he was known for his humorous introductions to songs.
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Postal Code: Please enter a valid postal code. All listings for this product Buy it now Buy it now. Mixed with these selections are four songs in which Lightnin uses the acoustical guitar, and a style closer to that cf his day as a sidewalk minstrel. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced, brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. A statue of Hopkins sits in Crockett, Texas. Angel Child. Ordinarily, it would never have been heard outside a few dance halls like the Sputnik Bar, Irene's, and the Silver Dollar 2. People who viewed this item also viewed.
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