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Texas Blues

Texas Blues

This collection of 16 recordings captures the spontaneity and raw emotionality of blues singer Lightnin’ Hopkins. Recorded throughout the 1960s, as Lightnin’ was beginning to gain national recognition, the music stays true to his characteristic style of improvisation and Texas country blues. Underscored by sparse guitar, bass, and drums, the songs—many of which were written in the span of time it took to play them—act as a snapshot in time, capturing the passing thoughts and emotions of an American blues legend. Before recording the tune “Slavery Time,” Hopkins stated, “You better catch this one.” Liner notes include a forward by Arhoolie records founder, Chris Strachwitz.

Track Listing

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Once Was A Gambler Lightnin' Hopkins 4:58
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102
Meet You At The Chicken Shack Lightnin' Hopkins 5:40
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103
Bald Headed Woman Lightnin' Hopkins 3:51
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104
Tom Moore Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 5:01
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105
Watch My Fingers Lightnin' Hopkins 2:48
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106
Love Like A Hydrant Lightnin' Hopkins 3:58
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107
Slavery Time Lightnin' Hopkins 5:29
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108
I Would If I Could Lightnin' Hopkins 3:19
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109
Bud Russell Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 4:32
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110
Come On Baby Lightnin' Hopkins 2:38
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111
Money Taker Lightnin' Hopkins 3:24
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112
Mama's Fight Lightnin' Hopkins 2:45
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113
My Woman Lightnin' Hopkins 2:49
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114
Send My Child Home To Me Lightnin' Hopkins 4:11
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115
Have You Ever Loved A Woman Lightnin' Hopkins 4:22
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116
Black And Evil Lightnin' Hopkins 3:11

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