Lightnin Hopkins:Sam John Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982), better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins, supreme acoustic blues picker, though he occasionally played electric. Lightnin' reportedly never signed a recording contract. He recorded for cash--pay for play--which accounts for the sheer volume of his discography and the variety of labels offering his music.
Blues legend Texan Lightnin’ Hopkins made a cigar-box guitar with chicken-wire strings when he was eight. During the course of his lifetime, he recorded more than eighty-five albums and toured the world. Photograph by James Fraher, Copyright James Fraher, 1970
Lightnin Hopkins Ash Grove Here's a photo of Texas bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, performing at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles. It has some historic value in that the Ash Grove burned to the ground in 1973 and Hopkins died in 1982. His style and music, however, live on.