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Birthdays/Lightnin' and Lightnin'

A celebratory playlist for two blues icons: Lightnin' Hopkins (Sam Hopkins) born on March 15, 1912, Centerville, TX and Lightnin' Slim (Otis Hicks) born March 13, 1913, St. Louis, MO. Let these sometimes twangy, soulful songs take you back to a time long gone.

Tracks from Lightnin' Hopkins include Going Home Blues (Goin Back and Talk to Mama), Mama' Baby Child, Can't Do Like You Used To Do, Glory B. Blues (Bluebird Blues), Lightnin' Don't Feel Well, and Death Bells Blues.

Tracks by Lightnin' Slim include Bed Bug Blues, G.I. Slim, and Feelin' Awful Blues.



Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone


Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog,, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.