Lightnin' Slim - The Complete Singles As & Bs 1954-62 2CD NEU OVP
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Lightnin Slim (real name Otis Hicks) was born in Louisiana in 1913 and was a pioneer and first prominent exponent of the Swamp Blues style. He came to recording relatively late in life, doing his first sessions in his early 40s and recording his best-known work during the late 1950s and early 60s, before retreating from the business until being re-discovered and brought back to performing in the early 1970s. His music became a significant influence on British artists during the 60s blues boom. Swamp blues, focused in the clubs of Baton Rouge, is a laid-back but highly rhythmic blues style, influenced by Cajun music, and which the book Music USA: A Rough Guide states is characterised by eerie echo, shuffle beats, tremolo guitars, searing harmonica and sparse percussion. This great-value 46-track 2-CD set comprises all the titles which Lightnin Slim recorded for the Feature, Ace and Excello labels during these years, including the only R&B chart hit of his career Rooster Blues. He is accompanied on these recordings by a variety of other Louisiana musicians, most notably the harmonica player Lazy Lester. This collection offers an entertaining insight into the music of a highly individual artist as well as a distinctive strand of regional blues.