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  • Writer's pictureTerry Pace

Lightnin' Hopkins: Way Out in Abilene

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

The great Lightnin' Hopkins, a Texas Blues legend (RIP 1912-1982). His song "Way Out in Abilene" recorded in 1974 captures his unique finger-picking style of guitar playing as well as his bluesy singing as a great introduction to his work. He is one of the most influential guitarists of all time. A disciple of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Alger "Texas" Alexander, he made his home in Houston Texas. He lived the life of a Black man in 20th century American, having been sent to prison for an unknown offense (probably the offense of being born Black). But his faith, his capacity for friendship and laughter and his musical genius saw him though many hard times. Thus, his blues are deep and real, starting with gospel music and ending up being one of the essential founders of rock & roll. The musicians he influenced include almost everyone in the rock & roll hall of fame.

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