Although never a big name blues artist or even a regular bandleader, guitarist Sammy Lawhorn is one of the most frequently recorded blues sidemen in the genre's history, which certainly has something to do with the fact that he is one of the music's most accomplished and versatile players. His longtime presence in the Muddy Waters band speaks for itself: this great bluesman had an uncanny way of picking brilliant sidemen, even when he was practically on his death bed. While Waters himself was a slide guitar soloist whose high notes could deafen a chipmunk at 40 paces, one of the best aspects of his various bands was the use of a second guitarist, a musical recipe that by the '50s was simmering to perfection in the Waters' partnership with the great Jimmy Rogers. When the latter player left Waters to start a solo career in 1957, there was ...
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