Jane Lee Hooker will get Muddy

Muddy Waters

Arduous Once more (Blue Sky)

Jane Lee Hooker will get Muddy: Tracy Hightop of blues rockers Jane Lee Hooker advised us about her love for a Muddy Waters gem.

(Blue Sky)

Tracy Hightop: In 1977, when Muddy Water’s launched Arduous Once more, I used to be only a child drummer banging away day and night time.  It used to be thunderously loud, chaotic and surely no longer what my dad would need to come house to after paintings.  In the future, my folks inspired me to …” possibly transfer to the guitar” and offered me with an electrical guitar and small Lafayette amp my mother discovered at a storage sale.  For the reason that motion used to be so top and since I didn’t in point of fact get the idea that of tuning, they organized for me to have a couple of courses with an excessively cool taking a look cat named Ray.  Ray would arrive in his convertible Fiat as soon as each and every two weeks with an enormous Guild acoustic guitar case protruding of the again.  Ray used to be a grown ass guy, all in tight denim, who completely had it occurring!  (Having a look again now, Ray would possibly have performed a extra necessary function in my obsessions than I had prior to now concept…thank you Ray!).  He taught me the right way to music the guitar and he taught me all the chords-which I hated.  In no time, I requested him about guitar solos— “how do you do THIS?” I requested and he drew out a diagram of the pentatonic scale in A.   

I saved drumming.  Repeatedly.  Mercilessly.  However now after I heard my dad come house, I’d temporarily drop the sticks and select up the guitar.  After dinner I’d play guitar quietly and poorly till it used to be bedtime.

Within the early ’80s whilst document buying groceries, I’d cross to Report International and take a look at the LPs within the bargain rack.  I realized later that those have been known as “lower outs” as a result of they label would bring to an end a work of the nook to suggest they have been now checklist the LP at a discounted worth.  Scanning the wall, my eyes locked with Muddy Waters at the quilt of Arduous Once more.  I knew about Muddy Waters since the Rolling Stones had taught me about him, so I grabbed the LP and raced to the counter with my singles and alter and taken it house.  I ripped off the transparent wrapping and plopped it on my folks’ outdated turntable and that’s the place it stayed for YEARS.  When I navigated the tuning with the sluggish turntable, I used to be ready to play along side Muddy and his friends, who he would cheerfully communicate to, playfully tease and make contact with out to sooner than and all through the songs.  I didn’t know who Johnny Wintry weather used to be on the time, however I may just inform that there have been some portions I may just re-create and others that I couldn’t (Johnny’s) so I’d improvise as easiest I may just.  

That album and that crappy guitar would shuttle with me to my faculty dorm the place I’d play along side Muddy and his band lengthy into the night time however now with pals within the room.  

A long time later, after I had stopped drumming, stopped traveling and stopped enjoying anything else in any respect, the speculation to play guitar for the natural pleasure of it popped into my head…perhaps it used to be time to revisit the ones enjoyable and pleasurable nights of enjoying along side Arduous Once more …perhaps this time I may just do it with some friends of my very own?  From this concept, Jane Lee Hooker used to be born.  Why shouldn’t I’ve a band and simply take a seat round and take guitar solos and snicker and shaggy dog story with my mate, Tina Gorin–who I had performed with in Helldorado and who beloved the blues and who may just play like Johnny Wintry weather?  When Tina and I in the end had a line up, I purchased 5 copies of Arduous Once more on CD and gave everybody within the band a replica.  I would like us to sound like this! I stated.  Only a room of musicians enjoyable and having a laugh. No pedals, no results, no overdubs, simply easy reside blues that had power, air of mystery, spontaneity and pleasure.

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Updated: August 29, 2022 — 1:08 pm