Lightnin’ Hopkins – Goin’ Away (1963/2016)

Posted by on July 16, 2017


Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, a true poet who invented most of his lyrics on the spot and never seemed to run out of new ideas, was a blues giant of post-war blues whose style was rooted in pre-war Texas traditions. While he cranked up his amp to fierce proportions when performing for his friends at Houston juke joints, producers who recorded him for the so-called folk-blues market usually insisted that he use an acoustic guitar for more “authentic” results. Either way, Lightnin’ seldom made a bad record, and this June 4, 1963, session on which he played acoustic was among his finest, thanks much to the sensitive support of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herbie Lovelle, who did a remarkable job of following his irregular bar patterns and abrupt song endings.


Side A:
01. Wake Up Old Lady (4:27)
02. Don’t Embarrass Me, Baby (3:25)
03. Stranger Here (5:53)
04. Little Sister’s Boogie (3:34)

Side B:
05. Goin’ Away (5:50)
06. You Better Stop Her (4:42)
07. Business You’re Doin’ (3:21)
08. I’m Wit’ It (4:00)