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Earl Hooker

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Earl Hooker played and lived the blues. He played in a Delta style taken largely from Robert Nighthawk with a touch of T-Bone Walker, but he did it with a flair and flamboyance unmatched by any of his contemporaries. He was part of the Chicago scene but his style was not simply a Chicago sound, as he had a fondness for Country and Western and a leaning towards jazz. He experimented with any new technology he could afford (or steal). He used the slide not to play block chords but to race up and down a single string while his fingers as fast as any in the business produced dazzling melodic patterns, and when slide and wah-wah were used simultaneously he really made the guitar talk

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New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers: Vol. 2

Read "Vol. 2" reviewed by Doug Collette


The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Volume 2 is replete with the same instinctual camaraderie and musicianly savvy as its predecessor. Likewise culled from sessions recorded in 2007, this sequel is decidedly not comprised of mere leftovers or otherwise sub-par tracks originally left unreleased. On the contrary, the alternately upbeat and reflective atmosphere reaffirms the ...

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There's A Fungus Amung Us

Label: Catfish Records (UK)
Released: 2001
Track listing: Two Bugs In a Rug/ Hold On/ Off the Hook/ Dust My Broom/ Hot and Heavy/ Bertha/ The Foxtrot/ End of the Blues/ Walkin

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Earl Hooker: There's A Fungus Amung Us

Read "There's A Fungus Amung Us" reviewed by Derek Taylor


The reasons behind Earl Hooker’s lack of public notoriety are not difficult to discern when his discography is stacked up against that of his more famous cousin John Lee Hooker. The bulk of Earl’s legacy lies in the prolific, but largely anonymous session work he did for labels like Chief, Chess and King and it wasn’t ...

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Simply the Best

Label: MCA
Released: 1999

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Earl Hooker: Simply the Best

Read "Simply the Best" reviewed by Ed Kopp


Nearly 30 years after succumbing to tuberculosis at age 41, blues guitarist Earl Zebedee Hooker is finally getting his due. Many critics now cite Hooker as the finest guitarist in Chicago's storied blues history, and Simply the Best goes a long way toward proving their point.A number of Hooker recordings have been re-released on ...

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Two Bugs and a Roach

Label: Arhoolie Records
Released: 1969


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