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Song of the Day: Lightnin’ Hopkins – Jake Head Boogie

Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins Plays the Boogie

You know Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins mostly for his slow blues songs like ‘Mojo Hand’, but in ‘The Jake-head Boogie’ we meet Hopkins in another way. This song is fast, swings and is full of boogie rhythms.

It will take days to get through Lightnin’ Hopkins repertoire. He recorded for various labels like Arhoolie and Aladdin formed by the Messner Brothers in L.A, but over time you will discover more and more Lightnin’ songs that blow you away, and one of them is the Jake Head Boogie. It is one of the cool things about discovering the world of blues. That’s how I see it.

Lightnin’ Hopkins Jake-head Boogie

People have learned how to strum a guitar, but they don’t have the soul. They don’t feel it from the heart. It hurts me. I’m killin’ myself to tell them how it is.
 – Lightnin’ Hopkins –

Find out more about Lightnin’Hopkins by watching the documentary that filmmaker Les Blank put together in 1968, called The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins. In this documentary you see an interesting portrait of the Texas Bluesman and meet fellow Texan Mance Lipscomb.

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