Personnel: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar); Lightnin' Hopkins; Leonard Gaskin, Donald Cooks (bass instrument); Billy Bizor (vocals, harmonica); Sonny Terry (harmonica); Buster Pickens (piano); Belton Evans, Spider Kilpatrick, Herb Lovelle (drums).
Liner Note Author: Lee Hildebrand.
Recording information: ACA Studios, Houston, TX (10/26/1960-12/02/1964); New York, NY (10/26/1960-12/02/1964); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (10/26/1960-12/02/1964).
Photographer: David Gahr.
Arranger: Sam Hopkins .
Although Prestige was primarily known as a jazz label, they did host some superb blues artists, including the brilliant, idiosyncratic Texas guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins. Hopkins was only with Prestige for a spell in the early 1960s, but this excellent 16-track collection skims the cream from his output for the label. Featured in both solo and group settings, Hopkins lays down his inimitable sparse, country-blues guitar style, not to mention his legendary ability to improvise wry, comic stories.