"I don't play a lot of fancy guitar," John Lee Hooker once said. "I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks." Hooker's style couldn't be defined as urban or country blues – it was something entirely his own, mysterious and funky and hypnotic. On monumental classics like "Boogie Chillen" – a Number One R&B hit in 1949 – "Boom Boom" and "Crawlin' King Snake," he perfected a droning, stomping groove, often in idiosyncratic time signatures and locked on one chord, with an ageless power. "He was a throwback even in his own time," Keith Richards said. "Even Muddy Waters was sophisticated next to him." Hooker was a critical figure in the Sixties blues boom; his boogie became the basis for much of ZZ Top 's early sound; his songs were covered by everyone from the Doors to Bruce Springsteen ; and then, well after turning 70, he won four Grammys in the 1990s. "When I was a child," said Carlos Santana , "he was the first circus I wanted to run away with."
Cloudflare Ray ID: 3df1a69fcc2790a1 • Your IP : • Performance & security by Cloudflare