Hubert Sumlin, guitar player, November 16, 1931-December 4, 2011
Howlin’ Wolf, with Hubert Sumlin (guitar)
“Smokestack Lightning” (AKA “Smoke Stack Lightning”; rec. 1956, Chicago)
In a country that paid proper respect to its cultural heritage, this would be played for children in school, as part of their cultural education. Instead kids encounter it, if at all, on TV—the soundtrack to a Viagra commercial.
“Back Door Man” (rec. 1960, Chicago)
“Wang Dang Doodle” (rec. 1960, Chicago)
I started listening to people like Hubert Sumlin and trying to deal with a less muscular way of reaching people . . .
Rankin, Loda, Cissna Park, Schwer, Gilmer, Watseka: the world is filled with places we’ve never even heard of (many less than 150 miles away), as I was reminded yesterday driving home from Danville, Illinois, where I’d gone to see clients at the prison.