March 22, 2011

JOHN LEE HOOKER: BOOM BOOM

Here's the king of boogie himself, live in 1964. Along with R.L. Burnside, John Lee is my greatest influence as a guitarist. What a sound he had! So authentic and unpretentious. On one of our pilgrimages to see John play, he picked out one his particularly eccentric phrases. My band-mate, thinking about all the book-learned guitar guys in the crowd, quipped, "transcribe that!" Here he is in 1964 in the UK playing his hit, Boom Boom for young disco dancers. John Lee Hooker website here.


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