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This collects 18 later early-'60s sides for the Houston-based Ivory label, owned by fellow bandmate and drummer King Ivory Lee Semien. Not really the place to start, as the Goldband sides are vastly superior.


Born: April 27, 1927 in Grapeland, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Slide guitar blues with an Elmore James flavor played on an eight-string table (non-pedal) steel guitar was the trademarked sound of Houston blues legend Hop Wilson. Strictly a local phenomenon, Wilson recorded fitfully and hated touring. Though he also played fine down-home blues on conventional electric guitar and was a powerful singer as well, it is Wilson's unique slide stylings that remain a signature influence on Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few. Wilson learned how to play guitar...
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