Lightnin' Hopkins Walkin' This Road By Myself on LP
This 12" vinyl release from the Fantasy label contains a treasure trove of songs recorded circa 1961 by the one-and-only Lightnin' Hopkins, all featuring the legendary bluesman's trademark guitar licks and signature vocal stylings. Includes the track, "Happy Blues For John Glenn," inspired by Lt. John Glenn's historic space flight on the Friendship 7, "Coffee Blues" which documents an argument between his parents, and the title track "Walkin This Road By Myself" which speaks of a night when a pounding heart caused him to sit straight up in my bed.
"This is the first time that Lightnin has been accompanied on record by a group of the musicians who regularly play with him in Houston. In their company Lightnin uses an amplified guitar and the sound here suggests what can be heard nightly in the city's dance halls, sans the uproar and frenzy of the audience. 62-year old, 132-pound powerhouse drummer Spider Kilpatrick is Lightnin's most regular companion at such events.
"Harmonica player Billy Bizor, pianist Buster Pickens, and bass man Don Cook work with him spasmodically as they have been doing for more than a decade. Since Lightnin is a self-determined instrumentalist, recognizing no orthodoxy save his own, it is difficult for most musicians to accompany him.
"In his home town he has built up a select group of men, taught them, warped them, or instilled in them the ability to anticipate his next move. Mixed with these selections are four songs in which Lightnin uses the acoustical guitar, and a style closer to his days as a sidewalk minstrel." - original liner notes
Lightnin' Hopkins Walkin' This Road By Myself Track Listing:
1. Walkin' This Road By Myself
2. Black Gal
3. How Many More Years I Got to Let You Dog Me Around
4. Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes
5. Worried Life Blues
6. Happy Blues for John Glenn
7. Good Morning Little School Girl
8. The Devil Jumped the Black Man
9. Coffee Blues
10. Black Cadillac