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Song of the Day: Earl Hooker – Off The Hook 1969

Earl Hooker – Off The Hook 1969

He is one of the great Chicago Blues slide Guitarist and you can easily compare his virtuosity to Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. His surname reminds you of that other great bluesman John Lee, but Earl Hooker was an unique figure in the blues. His talent is perfectly recorded in the video Off the Hook from a 1969 performance.

Records for multiple Labels

During his career Earl Hooker recorded for Cuca, Chief/Profile/Age, Arhoolie and Bluesway records. He collaborated with almost every great bluesman around, including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, BB King and John Lee Hooker.

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Husky Burnette preachin’ the Blues and Rock ‘n Roll

Husky Burnette preachin’ the Blues and Rock ‘n Roll


The songs of Husky Burnette make me wanna drink a beer and stomp that boot on the floor. As I experienced it was the way to go once you get the feeling of Burnette’s music and especially his hit “Beat and Lowdown”. Eventually it cost me a six pack to stop listening to the song of this bluesman from Tennessee. Husky Burnette who hails from Chattanooga understands how to make Dirty Blues songs on a Rock ‘n Roll Rhythm. If you’re looking for new musicians in that genre you will meet Husky Burnette very quick.  The Blues is a religion and Brian “Husky” Burnette preaches it!

Beat and Lowdown / Dirty Getting Down

Raw-edged blues is catchy through the slide guitar, the stomping drums and wild harmonica, but above all the deep vocals. “Beat and Lowdown” is an example of that. Burnette created a popping groove supplemented with a killer guitar riff.  Dirty Getting Down is a song with a true hillbilly banjo line that is leading in the composition. All that combined with raw speaching vocals of Husky.

The Dirty blues tradition

R.L. Burnside and John Spencer proved back in the nineties they could make that dirty blues . GravelRoad did the same as a band and alongside T. Model Ford in the early 21st century. Reverend Deadeye did it too. Husky Burnette is doing the same right now. You can feel the testimony as he blends Electric Blues and Rock n Roll. His music is gritty, soulful, southern, low-down and dirty. This musician sho’ makes them blues hits.

Recorded albums Husky Burnette

Burnette debuted with the album Facedown In The Dirt in 2011. Songs like ‘Black Snake Boogie’ and ‘Shake that Thang’ really keep you moving. Follow up Tales From East End Boulevard was released in 2013 on the Rusty Knuckles label. The album features guest appearances from Shooter Jennings and Grammy nominees Billy Don Burns and Aaron Rodgers, among others.  Last year his latest album called Amazing Grace came out.

Musical family footsteps


Husky, has followed in the musical family footsteps of rockabilly kings Johnny and Dorsey Burnette. Husky has written and recorded his own music for several years and toured with such greats as Roger Alan Wade and Hank Williams III. He has shared the stage with many others such as Leon Russell, T-Model Ford, Kenny Brown, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Toxic Shock Tiffany, Shooter Jennings, Scott H. Biram and J.J. Grey & Mofro.

Husky Burnette grew up with roots music and transformed it into his own liquor blend of Blues, Rock ‘n Roll and Hilbilly. Find out more about Husky Burnette here…

– Video/Audio Credits:I do not own the copyrights to these recordings. These videos are for historical and educational purposes. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED
– Photo Credit: Press photo of HCredits to Husky Burnette, Rusty Knuckles and the Photographer of the Picture.

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