Straight Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins

Straight Blues
  • CAT # OBCCD-586-25

    1. Black Gal 4:05
    2. Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes 3:42
    3. Good Morning Little School Girl 3:08
    4. Coffee Blues 3:37
    5. I Like To Boogie 3:52
    6. Get It Straight 1:27
    7. I Don't Want To Do Nothing To You 2:32
    8. You Is One Black Rat 2:29
    9. Got Nowhere To Lay My Head 6:27
    10. Just Boogyin' 2:22
    11. Take Me Back 2:09
    12. I Was Down On Dowling Street 5:10

Singer-guitarist Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins lived for the moment and his music reflected that sensibility. As folklorist Mack McCormick once observed: "The true folksingers and their songs are birds in flight....[They] may be documented through manuscript and recording, but never captured." These 1961 and '64 selections include a distinctive delivery of the blues standard "Good Morning Little School Girl," but Hopkins created other material such as "I Was Down on Dowling Street" seemingly off the top of his head. The Texas bluesman had offered his reflections on a moment in time, collected his pay, and moved on to the next gig, leaving behind yet another slice of sound and poetry for the world to savor.

with Leonard Gaskin, Herbie Lovelle

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