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Lightnin' Hopkins

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame: The Ring of Honor

    Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Wins a Grammy

    It took the Texas Historical Society long enough to appropriately recognize Houston bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, but not as long as the Grammys. As part of the run-up to Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards, its governing body the Recording Academy announced that Hopkins, who died in 1982, will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Third Ward Treasure Jewel Brown: "I've Seen 'Em All"

    Along with Lightnin' Hopkins's cousin Milton Hopkins, Houston jazz diva Jewel Brown heads north to Chicago this weekend, where she and Hopkins will entertain folks with their new album, Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown. The festival is paying tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins since this would have been hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Rockin' Bluesman Joe Louis Walker Ignites Hellfire

    While many young'uns spent their years 'twixt 12 and 20 just listening to music and attending concerts, Joe Louis Walker was a bit more proactive. At age 16, he became the house guitarist for the legendary San Francisco rock club The Matrix, he played with or opened shows for everyone from Jimi Hend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    iFest 2012 Heavy On Latin Rock, Funk, South Americans

    The Houston International Festival officially announced its 2012 lineup this morning. The music is heavy on Latin-flavored rock, reggae and funk, with Texas well-represented as always and an exceedingly rare Houston appearance by Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat giant Fela, and his group Egypt 80. Among ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Big Night

    A well-timed NEA grant finally brings several local blues greats to the Jones Hall stage.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Soul City: Talent Scouts Lola Anne Cullum And Lela Macy

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Jody PerryTexas Johnny Brown, one of the few Houston musicians who remembers "Mrs. Cullum"​At a local blues j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Houston's Best Gifts To The Music World

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off is still in a holiday frame of mind... actually we meant to post this before Christmas, but they're just as true now. No refunds, no exchanges. ​Here is Craig's Hlist point of view: Houston has given so much to the world, from ZZ Top, Jandek, Beyonce Knowles, and everythin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Gets What's Coming To Him

    This week Rocks Off is counting down our choices for the Top 5 local music stories of 2010. Matthew KeeverR. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown and Milton Hopkins at the Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker dedication ceremony, November 13​WHAT HAPPENED? Coming in at No. 5 on our year-end list is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Po Lightnin': Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

    ​Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues By Alan Govenar Chicago Review Press, 368 pp., $28.95. With the dedication of a state historical marker in the Third Ward where he lived and played, Lightnin' Hopkins' name and music has gotten a bit of a boost lately. Long overdue, many would say, and ... More >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2010

    Sam's Place

    Lightnin' Hopkins finally gets his own historical marker.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Dedication Draws Overflow Crowd

    Photos by Matthew KeeverL-R: R. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown, Milton Hopkins. For more photos from Saturday, see our slideshow here.​Lightnin' Hopkins is official. Saturday morning, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never actually rained) showe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins' Six Best Songs, By Mr. Blues In Hi-Fi

    ​Tomorrow, Rocks Off - and, we hope, a lot of our readers - will drag our raggedy asses out of bed and over to Project Row Houses in Third Ward at 10 a.m. to witness something incredible: The dedication of a Texas State Historical Marker to the greatest bluesman to ever hang his hat in Houston ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Cast, Ready For Dedication

    ​Good news on the Lightnin' Hopkins historical marker front: It officially exists. R. Eric Davis, who raised the necessary funds and successfully petitioned the Texas Historical Commission to approve the marker, has received the monument to the legendary bluesman who spent the majority of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    It Might Get Loud At Alamo Drafthouse Tonight

    Hollywood Shuffle comes to you a day early this week because Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a screening tonight, and we'd never forgive ourselves if we didn't let you know about it. What film is it, you ask? Oh, just a little "rockumentary" from 2008 called It Might Get Loud, in which Jimmy Fucking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Text Approved

    Andrew Hanson, 1959​The Texas Historical Commission has approved the text that Eric Davis submitted for the historical marker honoring late Houston blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, and will now send the text to a foundry so the marker can be cast. The commission approved Davis' proposal for the mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Devin The Dude Vs. Texas Board Of Education; Summerfest Prices Go Up Tonight; Rare Lightnin' Hopkins Portraits For Sale; ZZ Top To Play Chile Benefit

    The Awl writes about Devin the Dude, making fun of the dumbifying of Texas' public-school curriculum. Today is your last chance to get Summerfest passes for the low, low price of $22.50. They go up at midnight. Prince Paul, who only produced De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, has signed on to DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes On Billy Gibbons, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ray LaMontagne And More

    Shore Fire Media​ In this week's print edition of the Press, Warren Haynes talks about juggling his membership in the Alpha and Omega of jam bands, the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead, with the musclebound blues-rock engine he started in 1994, Gov't Mule. The Mule pulls into House of Blues Satur ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Lightnin' Strikes

    The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Which Other Local Musical Landmarks Deserve Historical Markers?

    Chris Gray SugarHill Studios​Monday's announcement that the Texas Historical Commission has approved Eric Davis' proposal for an official state historical marker honoring Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins is wonderful news, but it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of other spots around town, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    It's Really Happening: Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker on the Way

    ​ Yes, you read that headline correctly. Today the Texas Historical Commission announced that Eric Davis' petition to honor Houston blues icon Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins with an official state historical marker has been approved. Along with 243 others. Took them long enough. "I am completely thrilled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    It's Really Happening: Lightnin' Hopkims Historical Marker On The Way

    ​ Yes, you read that headline correctly. Today the Texas Historical Commission announced that Eric Davis' petition to honor Houston blues icon Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins with an official state historical marker has been approved. Along with 243 others. Took them long enough. "I am completely thrille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    More Good News In the Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Campaign

    ​ Eric Davis, whose application to erect a state historical marker for iconic Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins was approved by the Harris County Historical Commission in November, said today his campaign to raise money to pay for the marker reached its goal of $1,800 dollars last month. "I'm just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    More Good News In The Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Campaign

    ​ Eric Davis, whose application to erect a state historical marker for iconic Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins was approved by the Harris County Historical Commission in November, said today his campaign to raise money to pay for the marker reached its goal of $1,800 dollars last month. "I'm just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Rocks Off Has Some Issues This Morning, But Not as Many as This Guy

    ​Rocks Off came into the office this morning to discover we had been beset by a bad case of the gremlins. One of our photographers' Web site was down, there was another mix-up with the Willie Nelson photos from Saturday night (which has since been fixed) and... well, it's just a Monday. However, w ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2009

    Lightnin' Hopkins may finally get his marker

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Is Lightnin' Hopkins Finally About to Get His Own Official Historical Marker?

    ​Both Rocks Off and our predecessor in the music editor's chair have written about what a travesty it is that there is no official marker honoring perhaps the most famous and influential musician to ever call Houston home, country-blues icon Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins. Along the way, we've both menti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Is Lightnin' Hopkins Finally About to Get His Own Official Historical Marker?

    ​Both Rocks Off and our predecessor in the music editor's chair have written about what a travesty it is that there is no official marker honoring perhaps the most famous and influential musician to ever call Houston home, country-blues icon Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins. Along the way, we've both ment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008
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    October 23, 2008
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    October 17, 2008

    Rememberin' Lightnin'

    Photo by Chris Gray This bear of a man goes by "Brother-in-Law," and Rocks Off had the pleasure of making his acquaintance while touring the new Lightnin' Hopkins-inspired Thunderbolt Special installations at Project Row Houses in Third Ward this afternoon. Look for a slideshow soon. Turns out Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Project Row Houses Salutes Lightnin' Hopkins

    Project Row Houses, the nationally acclaimed Third Ward-based artists' collective, honors the lasting impact of another Third Warder of note, Lightnin' Hopkins, in its new installation THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL: The Great Electric Show and Dance - Commemorating Sam Lightnin' Hopkins. After the opening rec ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    The Scene Is Dead. Long Live the Scene!

    Ideas toward a Houston-style musical Day of the Dead

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2007

    Lomax on Lomax

    “Wasn’t your grandfather the guy who discovered Leadbelly?” Having the same name and being in the same trade as John and Alan Lomax, I get questions like that a lot. And yes, I am related to both of them, but neither was my grandfather. John Avery Lomax was my great-grandfather, and Alan Loma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    "Discovery Green" Is Classy?

    Why didn't they just go with Lightnin' Hopkins Park? Despite the best efforts of both Houstoned and Slampo's Place, the name of the new downtown park will most decidedly not be Lightnin' Hopkins Park. No, pretty much as Slampo and yours truly figured, the powers-that-be here wanted something "cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    Lightnin' in the Park

    Why wouldn't you name a park after this guy? With his usual style, aplomb and right-on-the-moneyness, mysterious local blogger Slampo — the Mike Royko of the local blogosphere -- has taken up yet another pressing issue: The City Hall-sponsored contest to name a new downtown park. "We're ... More >>

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    The Houston Slide

    The Medicine Show rocks the ephemeral city with eternal music

  • Music

    April 6, 2006

    Snit's Dog and Pony Show

    Friday, April 7, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Snooks Eaglin

    New Orleans Street Singer

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    The O.G. of Love

    Johnny "Guitar" Watson gets his due with a terrific two disc set

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Musical Chairs

    It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band

  • Music

    March 17, 1994

    The Man With the Blue Guitar

    Chris Smither uses the blues as a launching pad for a sound that could make you cry

  • Music

    January 27, 1994

    Pretty Ugly

    Brooklyn's Barkmarket tries to hack off every oppressively prettified, mass-market notion of music

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