Ron Givens
April 05, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Lightnin' Hopkins

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lightnin' Hopkins
Producers
Smithsonian Folkways
genre
Blues

We gave it an A

These country blues are as natural as breathing. Lightnin’ Hopkins tells his stories effortlessly, with warm, conversational singing and fleet, stinging acoustic guitar. The songs have a wonderful spontaneity, as if Hopkins didn’t know where they’d end until he got there. This album, Lightnin’ Hopkins, revived his career when it first came out in 1959. Reissued nine years after Hopkins’ death, it remains fresh and powerful.

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