Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lightnin' Hopkins 100 March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982

Video from the Les Blank film 'The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins' available HERE

Sam 'Lightnin'' Hopkins style was born from spending many hours playing informally without a backing band. His distinctive style often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. His musical phrasing would often include a long low note at the beginning, the rhythm played in the middle range, then the lead in the high range. By playing this quickly - with occasional slaps of the guitar - the effect of bass, rhythm, percussion and lead would be created. MORE HERE

100 Years Since The Birth Of Lightnin' Hopkins at Getty Images 

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