Lightnin' Hopkins was one of the greatest acoustic and electric Folk-Blues guitarists of all time. On this set of recordings made in 1954 for Herald, he plays blistering electric guitar on a series of blasting rockers in front of drummer Ben Turner and bassist Donald Cooks.
"Hopkins never sounded livelier...can't go wrong with this one"
Includes liner notes by "Chicago" Kerry Kudlacek.
Personnel: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar).
Liner Note Author: Kerry Kudlacek.
Recording information: 1954.
Lightnin' Hopkins in a heavily amplified mode (especially for 1954!) and tearing it up with some of the wildest licks of his long and storied career! It's hard to fathom a more torrid tempo than the one he employs for "Hopkins' Sky Hop," and "Flash Lightnin'," "Lightnin's Boogie," and "Lightnin' Stomp" aren't far behind. Alas, Hopkins' Herald waxings didn't sell particularly well -- though they're downright astonishing in retrospect. ~ Bill Dahl