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John Lee Hooker

THE COUNTRY BLUES OF JOHN LEE HOOKER

CRAFT RECORDINGS

The list of original bluesmen cited for laying the foundations of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, hip-hop and beyond is legion, and yet curiously John Lee Hooker’s own contribution is often underestimated; his propulsive style often wrongly overlooked in favour of lesser-known cult figures. But the King Of The Boogie deserves his crown. By transforming the rootsier end of blues into deeply groovy and grinding spirituals with the repetitive and rhythmic intensity of the East, Hooker cut an exciting new path. The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker, however, sits slightly apart from the style he’s now synonymous with. In fact, this Craft Recordings reissue tends to get short shrift from Hooker fans that singularly lust only after the vampy, boogie-blues minimalism of hits such as Boogie Chillen and I’m In The Mood. But 1959’s The Country Blues, recorded for Orrin Keepnews’ legendary jazz label Riverside Records during a period when Hooker was turning out groundbreaking electrified albums in his sleep, betrays the Mississippi bluesman’s roots. Its 13 acoustic Delta blues tracks, with Hooker’s deep and easy baritone high in the mix, hark back to the troubadour style. A “close-to-the-soil kind of blues”, wrote Keepnews in the album’s original liner notes – that he honed during his travels around the South, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Mexico. With its rough, up-close intimacy, something that is lost in the fire of his envelope-pushing electric blues, this is a portrait of a true artist connecting initimately with his past

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