“..All music is folk music, I never heard any horses doin’ it.”
– Big Bill Broonzy.
Lightning Hall is an artist who blends the soulful sound of early
acoustic blues with folk, roots rock and other styles. Like revered
jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, he plays, and plays well, in spite of
serious burn injuries to his hands. A regular performer in the Albuquerque,
NM area for several years. He grew up in the Gulf Coast city of
Galveston, TX. where he acquired a taste for blues, southern rock,
country, R&B… Southern music in general.
He sings, plays guitar and harmonica and writes and performs
original songs and the songs of classic acoustic blues masters like Lightning
Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters and other “folksters”. And
through the use of 21st century technology, Lightning Hall has begun
performing as a one man electric blues band.
Lightning Hall is committed to creating and performing
quality original music with an original voice that is still rooted in American
music, especially early, acoustic blues. He refuses to be a “walking jukebox”
of the endlessly rehashed Contemporary Top 40 and Classic Rock tunes so
many bands perform, preferring to present covers of music less often heard,
and with an authentic and individual take.
Blues Machine, his first release, is comprised of eleven acoustic originals
with harmonica accompaniment. From straight ahead blues compositions,
to songs telling stories of human struggle and survival, to the humorous
and quirky, all are inspired by a love of acoustic music and the songster,
folk and blues of yore. Secrets and Ruins, his second is filled with eight
originals painted with an acoustic roots, folk and blues brush. They are
inspired by the ghost towns of the West and Southwest and the recent
“Great Recession’s” similarities to the Great Depression of the thirties.
Secrets and Ruins includes songs with a full rhythm section. Much of
the music could be put in the contemporary “Americana” category popular
today, but Ol’ Lightning prefers “roots and folk-blues” and he’s got more
than a few grey hairs to back it all up…
He has been described as a “very compelling blues artist” and
one with “impeccable guitar work and a soulful voice” by blues-biz
insiders and local promoters. His first CD, “Blues Machine”, is filled with
folk-blues and Americana that “paints vivid portraits of the the lives of his
characters with words”. It, and “Secrets and Ruins,” his new release are
available for download and streaming through Cd Baby, Amazon, iTunes,
Rdio, Spotify and others.
He supports animal rights and the ASPCA.