Masters of the Country Blues: Lightnin Hopkins and Roosevelt Sykes [DVD] [1993]

Package Description: Few Texas blusmen have diminated their time and place as much as Lightnin' Hopkins. He was tha leading performer of traditional Texas blues for over 35 years. In the first part of his video, Lightnin' talks of his career as a blusman and creator of songs as well as being presented in both informal and concert performances. Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, March 15th, 1912. Inspired by his brother, he took up guitar at an early age and as a youth met the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson. Later he worked the streets of Houston with his cousin, the great blues singer Texas Alexander, and gained a surpassing knowledge of traditional Texas blues. In 1946, he began his 35 year recording career, resulting in hundreds of singles and dozens of albums. His sly and colloquial vocals, his flair for creating humorous and serious blues and his destinctive guitar style, made him an outstanding blues performer. Titles include: Walking Down 75 Highway, How Long Since You Been Home, Short Haired Woman, Mr. Charlie, Mojo Hand, Slavery Time and others. The second part of this video presents an intimate portrait of Roosevelt Sykes, one of the outstanding blues pianist of this century. As both performer and composer (i.e. Night Time Is The Right Time, My Driving Wheel etc.) he was a great influence on later pianists such as Memphis Slim and Otis Spann. Sykes reminisces about his life as a blues performer while performing both on stage and at home. Roosevelt Sykes was born in Elmar, Arkansas in 1906. As a teenater he ran off to play in the barrelhouses of Helena, sharpening his talent under the tutelage of blues legends such as "Red-Eye" Jesse Bell and Lee "Pork Chop" Green. He enjoyed a successful recording career for over 50 years, playing hard-edged blues, jazz and rhythm 'n' blues with equal aplomb. Many of his songs have become blues standarts, recorded by Ray Charles, Little Junior Parker and John Lee Hooker. Titles include: Night Time Is The Right Time, Forty Four Blues, I Ain't Mad With You, Blue Moon, I'm A Nut, My Driving Wheel and Going Down Slow.
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Masters of the Country Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins and Roosevelt Sykes
For over 35 years, Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins was known as the leading performer of traditional Texas blues, his distinctive guitar style and sly mix of humor and tradition mixing to make him one of the most popular performers of his day. Moving from the guitar to the piano, Elmar, AR, native Roosevelt Sykes' influential style led to a successful recording career that endured for over half a century. In this release, both musicians sit down to discuss their rich legacies before offering evidence as to just how they made their mark in music history with a pair of unforgettable performances. Songs by Hopkins include "Walkin' Down Highway 75," "Short Haired Woman," and "Mojo Hand," and songs by Sykes include "I Ain't Mad With You," "Sykes Boogie," and "Blue Moon." ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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