Sunday, March 15, 2015

THERE’S GON’ BE TROUBLE IF THE WIND BLOWS

Today is the birthday of the great Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins (March 15, 1912–January 30, 1982) and we’re playing a longtime BAK favorite, Lightnin’s recounting of the story of Hurricane Esther. Esther originated near Cabo Verde, worked its way across the Atlantic and tore its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States in September 1961. Here, Lightnin’ transposes the action to Houston, his home, for a harrowing and cautionary tale, accentuated by his atmospheric electric guitar.


Lightning Hopkins • Hurricanes Carla & Esther • 1961

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Lightning Hopkins, vocal/guitar. Berkeley, California, 26 November 1961

“Hurricanes Carla & Esther” is on the Lightning Hopkins CD Po’ Lightnin’.

LP cover: Discogs

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