One of the premier Texas country bluesmen, Sam “Lightnin’" Hopkins achieved regional acclaim with songs like “Katie Mae” and “Shotgun Blues,” but it was not until the 1959 Folkways release, Lightnin’ Hopkins, that his path to international fame was assured. Inspired as a boy by Blind Lemon Jefferson, the first recorded icon of Texas blues, Hopkins was known for his intricate boogie-woogie rhythms and improvisational mastery. Over a prolific career, he recorded more than 100 albums, including Mojo Hand. Touring in Europe, his shows included a command performance for the Queen of England.
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Volume 1 portrays 35 outstanding musical legends that have shaped and continue to inspire America’s rich jazz tradition.
Volume 2 portrays 35 outstanding musical Blues legends that have helped begin most other forms of music.