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Lightnin' Hopkins: Shootin' Fire

Track List

>Born in the Bottom - (previously unreleased)
>Rainy Day in Houston - (previously unreleased)
>Man Like Me Is Hard to Find, A - (previously unreleased)
>Got a Letter This Morning - (previously unreleased)
>Moving on Out - (previously unreleased)
>Shinin' Moon - (previously unreleased)
>Feel Like Ballin' the Jack - (previously unreleased)
>Stinking Foot - (previously unreleased)
>December 7, 1941 - (previously unreleased)
>My Baby Ain't Got No Shoes - (previously unreleased)
>My Baby Was Crying for Bread - (previously unreleased)
>My Little Darling - (previously unreleased)
>Go Ahead/Battle Hymn of the Republic - (previously unreleased)
>Shake That Thing - (previously unreleased)
>Mistrust My Baby and She Mistrust Me - (previously unreleased)
>Moving on Out When the Saints March In - (previously unreleased)
>Old House Torn Down - (previously unreleased)
>Baby Please Don't Do Me Wrong - (previously unreleased)
>Good as Old Time Religion - (previously unreleased)
>I'm Shootin' Fire - (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Personnel: Lightnin' Hopkins (vocals, guitar); Cedric Hayward (piano); Ben Turner (drums).

Recording information: 04/11/1969; 08/1961.

This rare studio date from Texas blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins was recorded on April 11, 1969 at the ACA Recording Studio in Houston. Of the dozen or so songs recorded during this session, a handful were brand-new originals like "Born in the Bottom," "Stinking Foot," and the unusual Pearl Harbor ode "December 7, 1941." Well-established Hopkins tracks like "Shinin' Moon" and "Shake That Thing" also got another run-through on this casual, intimate set that features Lawrence Evans on bass, Cedric Hayward on piano, and Ben Turner on drums. While various mixes from this session have leaked out on compilations over the years, the entire session in its original four-track mix has remained unreleased up to this point. Padding out this nice collection are a few other hard-to-find Hopkins gems like "Mistrust My Baby and She Mistrust Me," "Moving on Out When the Saints March In," and "Old House Torn Down." ~ Timothy Monger


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