Hopkins, Lightnin’

Prestige, 2005CD
Instrument: Male Vocals

Issue: 12.1

Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
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Performance: 4
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Sound: 3
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O’s Notes: Hopkins is one of the most popular country blues singers ever. He created hundreds of songs, many spontaneously. He had a lot of true stories to sing about, a descendant of slaves raised in the ghettos of Houston and living through the ups and downs of being a musician. His stories are humorous, like “You Is One Black Rat” and “Blues In The Bottle”. Between these two songs alone it seems like the women gave ole Lightnin’ a rough time. It is easy to see why he was a very popular entertainer on the blues circuit.