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Lightnin' Hopkins

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Lightnin’ Hopkins embodied the blues. His singing, guitar playing, his physical appearance, personality, and demeanor, were the blues. One of the most recognizable bluesmen to come out of Texas, Lightnin’ Hopkins went on to stake out an enduring and productive career with his own spontaneous and eclectic style of haunting vocals and accompanying guitar. Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, on March 15, 1912. After his father died in 1915, the family (Sam, his mother and five brothers and sisters) moved to Leona. At age eight he made his first instrument, a cigar-box guitar with chicken-wire strings

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King of Dowling Street

Label: Sunset Blvd. Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Moanin’ Blues, Leavin’ Blues, Late In The Evening, Lightnin’ Jump, Long Gone Like A Turkey, Through The Corn, How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home, Mojo Hand, Glory Be, How Long Has The Train Been Gone, Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Santa, Black Mare Trot, Coffee For Mama, Awful Dream, Sometimes She Will, Shine On Moon, Houston Bound, Baby I Don’t Care, Give Me Time To Think, No Education, This Time We’re Going To Try, Christmas Time Is Coming, Let’s Work Awhile, The Jet, I Don’t Need You Woman, I Wish I Was A Baby, This Crazy Song, Lightnin’s Love, Take It If You Want It, Have Have You Been, My Baby Was Crying For Bread, I Wonder Where She Can Be Tonight, Feel Like Ballin’ The Jack, Rainy Day In Houston, How Does It (inst.,) A Man Like Me Is Hard To Find, Movin’ Out, You Just Gotta Miss Me, World’s In A Tangle, Shinin’ Moon, Your Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone, Big Black Cadillac Blues, Baby Please Don’t Go, Houston Rock, Leave Jike Mary Alone, Rock Me All Night Long, Don’ Treat That Man The Way You Treat Me, Cook My Breakfast, You Treat Po’ Lightnin’ Wrong, I Got Your Hook In My Water, Mighty Crazy, My Babe, Last Night I Lost The Best Friend I Ever Had, Mr. Charlie (part 2,) Baby Scratch My Back, Mojo Hand, Shining Moon

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Article: Live Review

Other Minds 25, Day 2

Read "Other Minds 25, Day 2" reviewed by John Chacona


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Taube Atrium Theater Other Minds Festival San Francisco, CA October 15, 2021 There are festivals for which centering the social aspect of music is the point of the exercise. Conceived, as founder Charles Amirkhanian put it in ...

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Article: Album Review

Lightnin' Hopkins: King of Dowling Street

Read "King of Dowling Street" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Lightnin' Hopkins was “Laidback, mildly mysterious and the epitome of street corner cool" according to informative liner notes. Well, there is a lot of Hopkins (1912--1982) music coming at you on The King of Dowling Street, a generous, smartly packaged three-disc, '100 proof' triple strength blues collection. Dowling Street was THE Houston street if ...

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Article: Live Review

ZZ Top and Cheap Trick with special guest Marquise Knox at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Read "ZZ Top and Cheap Trick with special guest Marquise Knox at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


ZZ Top and Cheap Trick with special guest Marquise Knox The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 50th Anniversary Tour Wantagh, NY September 19, 2019 When the Little Ol' Band From Texas, Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famers, ZZ Top tours, fans can expect a night of fun featuring blues, ...

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Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


You might not recognize Tony Joe White by name but chances are you recognize his songs. A musical lone wolf born and raised on a Louisiana cotton farm about twenty miles from the nearest town (Oak Grove), White's unique blend of country funk and blues proved fertile for soulful singers from Elvis Presley ("Poke ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

Read "Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was ...

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Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Doug Collette


If Tony Joe White's seventeenth album, Bad Mouthin', proves anything, it's how deeply evocative of his Southern heritage are his own songs, even as they stand next to--and sound of a piece with--those of Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Charlie Patton. Appropriately, virtually all twelve tracks on this LP find the author of ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Peter Case: Peter Case

Read "Peter Case: Peter Case" reviewed by Doug Collette


The music on Peter Case's debut solo album is as pure and straightforward as the title of this eponymous work. And that's even taking into account the layered approach T Bone Burnett applied in one of his earliest production jobs. The seven bonus tracks illustrate how both this original material of Case's stands strong on its ...

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Article: Album Review

Corey Harris: Fulton Blues

Read "Fulton Blues" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sono trascorsi due decenni dal debutto di Corey Harris in Between Midnight and Day, che fece gridare al miracolo catapultando il bluesman sulla scena internazionale. Quelle torride esecuzioni di Delta Blues suscitarono alti consensi e grandi attese (confermate dal successivo Fish Ain't Bitin'), portando il New York Times a paragoni -certo eccessivi-con Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins ...


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