Lightnin’Hopkins is one of the best Blues guitar man of all time. Because of that this first Black Bull Blues Bio is all about the Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins. Sam Hopkins born in March 15, 1912 Centerville, Texas started his carreer in the 1920s when he met Blind Lemon Jefferson.
His career stretched from the 1920s till his death in 1982. Some cool old recording of Lightnin´ Hopkins are collected on the album Early Recordings, released in 1975. Songs like ´Blue Bird Blues´, ´Mad With You´, ´Automobile blues´ and ´Seems Funny Baby´, give you a good impression of his style.
I’m writing some interesting blues bio’s of the greats and all the other black Bulls I like. I started with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Lightning Hopkins and Sonny Terry. When they are ready you will be able to read, watch and listen interesting stuff about these guys life and music.
Keep watching the Black Bull Blues Blog because in a week or two it’s going to happen. For now please watch a great song from Sonny and Lightnin’ – Last Night Blues – Take A Trip With Me
Lucious Brinson, Guitarplayer and Singer,(born August 30, 1934 Davisboro, Georgia – March 18, 1976 (aged 41) Boston Massachusetts)
Alongside Muddy and Elmore
Luther Johnson the bluesman who was born in Georige, but made Chicago his home playing alongside Elmore James prior to his death. In 1966 he joined the Muddy Waters band until he started a solo carreer. In 1970 Luther moved to Boston Massachusetts. On his record Born in Georgia he wrote that the Chicago Southside was a rough place was. Some stayed, but Luther Johnson moved to Boston to write music.
Born in Georgia
The first time I heard about this Bluesman was when I bought the album Born In Georgia. Johnson’s version of ‘The Walking Blues’ is magnificent. A song with no drums and no bass, but groovy as hell. Other songs on this album including ‘Born in Georgia’ are filled with more Rhythm, and with bass and drum.
Luther Johnson doesn’t have a voice like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Water or Lightnin’ Hopkins, but the groovyness and relaxed tone of his voice is fantastic. Especcially on a sunny morning Luther Johnson’s Born In Georgia is one of my favorite records.
“Some of us can be examples about going ahead and growing, and some of us, unfortunately, don’t make it there, and end up being examples because they had to die. I hit rock bottom, but thank God my bottom wasn’t death.”
Today Muddy Waters would have become 99 years. Born in Issaquena County, Mississippi, United States Muddy was one of, or maybe the best bluesman that ever lived.
Muddy playing with friends
This video is a great example of how respected Muddy was. Dr. John, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor and more fantastic artists show you how it is to play with Muddy Waters.
Muddy Waters harp player
He once said when he was talking about the harp player of the J. Geils band: “If that cat eats pussy like he blows his harmonica, he sho’ is a motherfucker.” Since I’ve read that quote, everytime I see a harmonica player I say the words: “If that cat eats…” and I think of the great Muddy Waters.
‘Hard Again’was the first Muddy Waters record I bought and it is still the best record I have. I found it on Youtube: Here it is!