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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker

This is the great John Lee Hooker. Hooker has always been one of my favorite blues singers and guitar players. The main reason is because he sings it with no polish and no pretense. If you watch him try to play with a band, they try to squeeze him into 8 bars or 12 bars. John Lee plays to his own time. The band always has to adapt to his shortening of the "traditional" phasing. His voice is humble and cutting and honest. It's refreshing. It's a shame that he had to be put with so many current day blues players to get his due. I'm glad that he did. But people who saw only that or heard only that style of Hooker, never understood where he was coming from. This is the real deal.


Oh the way... don't have to have a fancy guitar to play the blues...looks like a Kay copy he's got there just adding to his persona. He's posing with a Les Paul in the photo... but I really only saw him with thin hollow body guitars.
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