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1949-1950

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Albenrezension

If you want some early sides by the great Lightnin' Hopkins, this is a good place to come. Or, rather, it's one of the good places; you could just as easily get the Arhoolie compilations, which duplicate many of the titles on this disc. Drawn mainly from Hopkins' stay on the Gold Star label, there's no doubt it's all quality stuff, showcasing the way the man could improvise a lyric in the studio and make it seem as if it had been around forever. He'd juxtapose those with older blues, and the two would sit perfectly well side by side. But he was also an eccentric performer, one who could work a theme for a couple of verses then drift off, or change tempo at will during a guitar break, making for strange listening at times. But in that is also some charm — it's impossible to dislike him, or even find him mean-spirited.

Biografie

Geboren: 15. März 1912 in Centerville, TX

Genre: Blues

Jahre aktiv: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Sam Hopkins was a Texas country bluesman of the highest caliber whose career began in the 1920s and stretched all the way into the 1980s. Along the way, Hopkins watched the genre change remarkably, but he never appreciably altered his mournful Lone Star sound, which translated onto both acoustic and electric guitar. Hopkins' nimble dexterity made intricate boogie riffs seem easy,...
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