2 LPs on 1 CD: DOWN HOME BLUES (1965)/SOUL BLUES (1966).
Personnel: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar); Leonard Gaskin (bass); Herbie Lovelle (drums).
Recorded on May 4 & 5, 1964. Includes liner notes by Grover Lewis.
Digital remastering by Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
Personnel: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar); Herb Lovelle (drums).
Liner Note Author: Grover Lewis.
Recording information: 05/04/1964/05/05/1964.
Photographer: Jim Marshall .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Leonard Gaskin; Herb Lovelle.
Lightnin' Hopkins' plaintive, soft-rolling blues style is exemplified on "Let's Go Sit on the Lawn," "Just a Wristwatch on My Arm," "I'm a Crawling Black Snake," Willie Dixon's "My Babe," and others. Accompanied only by himself on guitar (and oh what a guitar he plays), Leonard Gaskin (bass), and Herb Lovelle (drums), Hopkins' seductive, intricate guitar picks and strums will dance around in your head long after this CD has played. His voice, which sounds like it's aged in Camels and Jim Beam, conveys his heartfelt sagas to the fullest. A prolific songwriter, Hopkins wrote every song except the Dixon tune. ~ Andrew Hamilton