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Earmarked by a lazier, more relaxed approach than its nearby Delta neighbor, the earliest incarnation of Acoustic Texas Blues occurred in the mid-'20s, scoring some of the very first guitar driven blues hits in the marketplace. Featuring acoustic guitar work rich in filigree patterns -- almost an extension of the vocals rather than merely a strict accompaniment to it -- the music was already working out defined lead solo patterns and embellishments, even in an unaccompanied context. This ground floor version of the Texas style embraced both the songster and country-blues traditions, with its lyrics relying less on affairs of the heart than in other forms. It's also a lyrical tradition that spawned many of the now commonplace blues metaphors (mean black snake, etc.) and its songbook can boast of some of the hardest indictments on life in prison ever etched into black phonograph records.

Acoustic Texas Blues Artists Highlights

Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins
Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Walter "Wolfman" Washington

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Acoustic Texas Blues Album Highlights

Blues Masters: The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins
Blues Masters: The Very ...
Mojo Hand: The Anthology
Lightnin' Hopkins
Mojo Hand: The Anthology
King of the Country Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson
King of the Country Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins [Smithsonian/Folkways]
Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins ...
The Complete Aladdin Recordings
Lightnin' Hopkins
The Complete Aladdin ...
Dark Was the Night
Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was the Night

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Acoustic Texas Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Baby Please Don't Go Lightnin' Hopkins
Mojo Hand Lightnin' Hopkins
Matchbox Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson
Fan It Lightnin' Hopkins
Honey Babe Lightnin' Hopkins
If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down Blind Willie Johnson
Mojo Hand Lightnin' Hopkins
Hammond Boogie (Organ Boogie) Lightnin' Hopkins
Short Haired Woman Lightnin' Hopkins
John the Revelator Blind Willie Johnson

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