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Lightnin' Hopkins: How Many More Years I Got

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01 How Many More Years I Got
02 Walkin' This Road By Myself
03 The Devil Jumped The Black Man
04 My Baby Don't Stand No Cheatin'
05 Black Cadillac
06 You Is One Black Rat
07 The Fox Chase
08 Mojo Hand
09 Mama Blues
10 My Black Name
11 Prison Farm Blues
12 Ida Mae
13 I Got A Leak In This Old Building
14 Happy Blues For John Glenn
15 Worried Life Blues
16 Sinner's Prayer
17 Angel Child
18 Pneumonia Blues
19 Have You Ever Been Mistreated
Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins is many people's idea of what a blues-singer should be... more
"Lightnin' Hopkins"

Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins is many people's idea of what a blues-singer should be : an endlessly inventive folk-poet, whose imagination is touched by almost everything but whose sing-ing and playing express nothing but the blues. And this, despite nearly 30 years of performing and recording, and all the pressures that might have made him something else, he unswervingly has been. But he has not, outside his own com-munity, been very obviously influential on either American or British rock; his blues, sung by others, are not self-sustaining, as many of the Chicagoans' are.

 

His early recordings, in the Forties and Fifties, were characterised by thunderous amplification - as any number of reissues demonstrate - but his first ventures into a different market, with acoustic guitar, compensate in subtlety for what they lose in force (e.g. the Folkways and some Bluesville albums). Later sessions placed him with accompanying groups, rarely successfully, though his album for Jewel is an exception.

Through all these records he balances slow blues with vivid boogies, occasionally leaving his guitar to essay an idiosyncratic piano style. Born in Centerville, Texas, in 1912, he spent most of his life in Houston, and his refusal to extract himself from that milieu is the chief reason for his undiminished authenticity as an observer, through the blues, of black life.

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