MUSIC: JOHN LEE HOOKER: BLUES AND DUES

AT 79, JOHN LEE HOOKER SHOWS HE'S STILL THE BOSS

John Lee Hooker doesn't just sing the blues, and he doesn't just play the blues on his guitar. He is the blues. Along with a handful of American musicians, such as Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Bessie Smith and a few others, Hooker helped establish in the cultural imagination what being a blues performer is all about. When Hooker sings, it's with an ocean-deep voice that grumbles and growls and sometimes soothes; his guitar playing has a wise, twangy authority.

Hooker is fond of using collaborators to enliven his music--also, no doubt, to broaden his audience--and on his new album, Don't Look...

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