Saturday, July 20, 2013

Earl Hooker, Two Bugs And A Roach 1968 CD Review And Video



Arhoolie CD-324

When Earl Hooker was released from the hospital following treatment for TB he assembled a new band and began touring. He was also signed to Arhoolie records on the recommendation of Buddy Guy. This Cd includes that original LP plus some additional material. Including three tracks recorded for Sun records in 1953.

This is a first rate disc and well worth picking up. Earl plays with a jazzy, swing style like his mentor T-Bone Walker. All the tracks are first rate. My favorites include; Two Bugs & A Roach, Wah Wah Blues, Sweet Black Angle & Guitar Rag. While it wasn't a million seller this LP did sell good and was well received. It gave his career a boost and he was on his way to getting the recognition he deserved when he succumbed to the tuberculosis in early 1970.


If you'd like to pick this up here's a link to the Amazon offerings

Here is a link to his Wiki page should you like to further explore the life of this Chicago blues man. 

I have also come up with a clip of Earl playing live at the American Folk & Blues Festival 1969. Which was of course held in Germany.


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We also have more killer blues clips on our playlist Blues Music

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