John Lee Hooker Jr.

John Lee Hooker Jr.:
Triumphant Redemption

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John Lee Hooker Jr. is the son of one of the most important and legendary bluesman of the 20 Century, the great John Lee Hooker. From child Hooker Jr. started at the world of blues, accompanying his father when he was touring, watching and admiring him, grew up with the blues in the blood and the soul, however the vices and a time in prison, took him far away from music. But today, thanks to the power of the blues he is back with four albums released, with his latest release the live album entitled "Live in Istanbul, Turkey, 2010" it was published by Steppin 'Stone Records.

We had the opportunity to speak briefly with John Lee Hooker Jr. Here's the result of this quickly meeting.

What is your opinion about bands such as Nublues, which have mixed southern blues sound of Delta with hip-hop?

It is delightful that Nublues have come up with a different sound... we need to be creative.

What was recording a live album in Turkey like?, considering that the country is far, but the audience's reaction to your presentation was good?

It was the best thing that has happened in my career, the audience was extremly enthusiast and exciting.

Without a doubt, your father, John Lee Hooker, influenced your music, however you have achieved to have your own sound and not purist in your music. What other musicians have been an influence on you?

Lou Rawls, Johnny Guitar Watson, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Wilson.

You were together with your father during the recording of the live album "Live at Soledad Prison". What was the experience like?

It's was great to witness such an vibrant crowd of convicts, they were very thirsty for the blues... it was fantastic.

'Blues with a vengeance' has been regarded as your 'triumphant redemption', because before coming back to music you went through a dark period. In what sense music helped you to cope with this and which other factors were important in such redemption?

Music has helped cope, it has allowed me to focus on my life as an artist, it gives me a sense of peace, it motivates me, it challenges me.

Are there any plans for a future visit to Latin America, mainly Chile?

I would love to perform in South America... as soon a promoter gives us a call, we will be there, I challenge all Chile, Argentina, Brazil, etc. to give us a call, and let us bring you some funky ass blues.

What do you think about been nominated many times in the Grammys or W.C. Handy by specialized sources?

It was a dream come true, to stand there beside the giants, like BB. King and Etta James, I was like an ant amongst giants.

Have you ever listened to a latinamerican blues band or soloist? What do you think about them?

I simply love Latin music, I thrive on that type of music.

At the early age of 8, you appeared for the first time in WJBK radio. What can you tell us about that experience?

I was like a kid in a toy store, I was also able to do something that my dad had done, I was able to do grown up things...I was heard all over the country, it was marvelous.

One of the most spoken topics is piracy and free music downloads through internet. What is your opinion about this?

If it does not belong to you, you're wrong to sell other people's music, but it is a common practice and is thief.

Thank you very much John Lee

Thank you Felipe, I hope to see you one day over there.


:: Interview realized by Felipe Suárez

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