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Hard to Categorize the genius of this guitarist

Ahead of his time, Earl Hooker carved out some awesome stuff. His playing perfectly embodies blues, jazz, country or dare I say "Hillbilly." But don't even think he comprimises when he plays a stricter blues, he plays it hard and original. He is the cousin of John Lee Hooker. The title track is great and one of the bugs he is singing about is his "TB" bug, which finally ended his life at age 40.


Born: January 15, 1929 in Clarksdale, MS

Genre: Blues

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

If there was a more immaculate slide guitarist residing in Chicago during the 1950s and '60s than Earl Hooker, his name has yet to surface. Boasting a fretboard touch so smooth and clean that every note rang as clear and precise as a bell, Hooker was an endlessly inventive axeman who would likely have been a star had his modest vocal abilities matched his instrumental prowess and had he not been dogged by tuberculosis (it killed him at age 41). Born in the Mississippi Delta, Hooker arrived in Chicago...
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