A few of my favorite artists (Townes Van Zandt and Deer Tick, to name two) list Sam "Lightnin' Hopkins" as among their biggest influences, but the boxed set Mojo Hand is my first exposure to his work. I knew of Lightnin' Hopkins as a guitar blues master, but I was unprepared for his range. He employs pre-rock 'n roll riffs ("Coffee Blues"), folks fingerpicking ("Shaggy Dad") and even a couple piano romps ("Los Angeles Boogie"). Vocals range from storytelling (Mr. Charlie Part I) to
This compilation is sadly out of print. You can find used copies on Amazon (below). I got my copy at local used record store Nuggets. There are many other collections of his work, but Mojo Hand's 41 tracks collect a great cross-section of work.
Buy it from Amazon:
Mojo Hand: The Anthology