From Blind Lemon Jefferson to Freddie King, Texas gave the world generations of extraordinary blues singer-guitarists, of whom none made a deeper impression than Sam 'Lightnin" Hopkins (1912-1982). He was the embodiment of Texas country blues and inspired novelists, filmmakers, and of course, countless blues singer-guitarists. The stunning impact of his charismatic performances comes fully to life in this DVD tracing Lightnin's career subsequent to his rediscovery in 1959. Samuel Charters found him on hard times in Houston and brought 'Po' Lightnin" to the attention of white folk audiences. In 1960 German filmmaker Dietrich Wawzyn captured Lightnin' on his Houston home turf, and the clips here of him performing on the street and in a Houston bar are rare glimpses into his milieu (and the earliest known footage of Hopkins). Seven years later a relaxed Lightnin' delivered engaging folk-blues performances for Seattle folklorists, five of which appear here. In 1970 he painted a masterful and entertaining musical self-portrait in eight songs from the Los Angeles PBS show Boboquivari. Finally, Lightnin's "lion in winter" appearance on Austin City Limits in 1979 shows a still-powerful country bluesman disproving the old dog/new tricks adage with a Stratocaster and wah-wah pedal! Four rare performances from a 1960 TV show are included as bonus tracks. This collection offers a fresh reflection of one of the most deeply creative and entertaining characters who ever sang and played the blues.
Tracklisting 1. Lonesome Road 2. Lightnin's Blues 3. Baby Please Don't Go 4. Mojo Hand 5. Take Me Back 6. Hurricane Beulah 7. Baby, Scratch My Back 8. Couldn't Be Satisfied 9. Questionaire Blues 10. Ain't It Crazy 11. Don't The Moon Look Pretty 12. Black And Evil 13. Lightnin's Boogie 14. What'd I Say 15. How Long Has It Been 16. Mojo Hand 17. Ain't No Cadillac 18. Black And Evil 19. Rock Me Baby 20. Good Night Blues BONUS TRACKS: 21. Baby, Come Go Home With Me 22. Going Down Slow 23. Bunion Stew 24. Let's Pull A Party