It’s rare for the Record of the Month Club but every once in a while we select a record that’s not a new release or current reissue. For June we’ve selected a record that was given the reissue treatment back in 2018 by the historic Smithsonian Folkways label. Lightnin’ Hopkins’ self-titled album of recordings by Sam Charters is about as classic as it gets. We were delighted to see Folkways begin reissuing vinyl records just a few years back and this release was one of the first titles they tackled.

The record was remastered from the original 1959 tapes and is packaged in the traditional, Folkways-style tip-on sleeve with the original liner notes booklet. It’s really a stunning record and a blues masterpiece.ย 

From the Folkways website:

Texas bluesman Samuel โ€œLightninโ€™โ€ Hopkinsโ€™ musical career was reignited by this 1959 release. With the aid of a little gin and a borrowed acoustic guitar, musicologist Sam Charters recorded Hopkins in his tiny apartment in Houston, Texas. The result is nine tracks of pure country blues and Hopkinsโ€™ reminiscences of his time performing with Blind Lemon Jefferson.

The vinyl reissue of Lightninโ€™ Hopkins features superbly remastered sound and includes liner notes written by Sam Charters. This reissue is part of Folkways Recordsโ€™ 70th anniversary celebration series, revisiting some of the most iconic and influential albums released on the record label.