Hootin' The Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins

Hootin The Blues
  • CAT # OBCCD-571-25

    1. Blues Is A Feeling 7:45
    2. Me And Ray Charles 3:25
    3. In The Evening 2:44
    4. Ain't It Crazy 2:25
    5. Last Night I Lost The Best Friend I Ever Had 4:30
    6. Everything 2:55
    7. I Work Down On The Chain Gang 5:00
    8. Meet Me In The Bottom 2:25

The Second Fret, a Philadelphia coffeehouse where this outstanding album was recorded in 1961, was a world apart from the noisy juke joints along Houston’s Dowling Street at which singer-guitarist Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins had been used to performing. The Texas blues bard obviously delighted in the rapt attention afforded his music by the newfound folk crowd and responded with one of the most varied and heartfelt performances of his prolific recording career. Besides a number of slices of the extemporaneous blues poetry for which he was famous, Hopkins offered personalized treatment of Ray Charles’s “What’d I Say,” Leroy Carr’s “In the Evenin’,” Little Walter’s “Last Night,” and the traditional “Meet Me in the Bottom.”

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