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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blues Tuesday: Howlin Wolf, Smokestack Lightning

A hypnotic back rhythm, a harmonica to carry the melody, and one of the greatest, most original voices in all the blues, Chester Arthur Burnett, otherwise known as Howlin Wolf playing my favorite of his works, "Smokestack Lightning." 

According to Wikipedia, Wolf said the song was inspired by watching trains in the night: "We used to sit out in the country and see the trains go by, watch the sparks come out of the smokestack. That was smokestack lightning."

Whoa, oh, stop your train
Let her, go for a ride
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?
Whoo hoo, whoo hoo

Lyrics credit to DigitalDreamDoor.


  1. You know the music is enjoyable when the moment it begins your foot starts tapping.

    This was absolutely great!