Lightnin' Hopkins

Blues Six Pack

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The Six Pack series essentially offers EP-length collections of songs by various iconic blues, jazz, and soul artists associated with labels under the Concord Music Group umbrella (Bluesville, Fantasy, Stax, Riverside, Prestige, etc.). Like the humble six-pack of beer, these brief six-song collections are meant to offer inexpensive tastes of what Concord's vast vaults have to offer. In the case of Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, his Six Pack focuses mostly on his late-'50s and early-'60s acoustic years. For the most part, it's just Hopkins on guitar with a low-key brushed drum kit accompanying him on tracks like "Back to New Orleans" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," with "Black Cadillac" being the lone electric offering. As far as introductions go, you could do far worse than this concise little set that goes down like a cold can of Lone Star on a sweaty Houston afternoon.

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