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Hey Sonic Junction -

Rick Estrin, back again. This time I'm doing my take on Lightnin'. It's a tune that James Cotton and Otis Spann recorded on the Prestige label back in 1964 when they were both members of Muddy Waters second great band. I'm playing it on an A harmonica, in crossed position. This is a driving song that conveys a lot of ferocity, but producing the impression of that ferocity, requires a certain amount of finesse. I chose to do this song, rather than creating an original piece like I normally do, because I've had Cotton on my mind. Last month I participated in a tribute to Cotton that's going to be part of a documentary on his life. During an interview segment, Paul Oscher suggested I do this song. This one's for the late, great, James Cotton.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:15 Whole Performance

Loop 0:00 First Verse

Loop 0:26 Second Verse

Loop 0:50 3rd Verse

Loop 1:14 4th Verse

Loop 1:38 5th Verse

Loop 2:02 6th Verse

Loop 2:26 7th Verse

Loop 2:51 8th Verse

Loop 3:15 9th Verse

Loop 3:39 10th Verse




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Alan Mar 26, 2019

Is there a backing track for this lesson ?

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jan 06, 2019

Wow!  What a gift!  Thanks for sharing this with us Rick.  I hope you'll let us know when the documentary becomes available.


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 07, 2019

Hi Bill, I'm not sure when the documentary might be completed, but it's being made by a legit company called Northern Light Productions, out of Boston. They flew a bunch of us in for interviews and a tribute concert. It was a lot of fun just hangin out with everyone and reminiscing about Cotton.

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 05, 2019

I eared that song long time ago at Manny s Car Wash by you Rick !! I think It was in 1996 or so ??  That was the only time that you played in the high end of the harp ... and Yeah the "dinamyc" of that song to me , Really intense !! Love that song !! thanks Rick  !!

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 07, 2019

Yeah, Lightnin' was part of the LC repertoire for decades! Glad you like it! 

Paul W
Paul W Jan 05, 2019

A nice Friday treat!  Thanks Rick

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 07, 2019

Thanks Paul, I hope you enjoy the series.

Tominou Jan 05, 2019

It's always so pleasant to disvover a new piece of you, asking "where is he bringing us this time?".

Happy to land in the field of Cotton!


Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 07, 2019

Thanks Tomi, Have fun with it!

Boyd R
Boyd R Jan 04, 2019

I like it

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 04, 2019

Thanks Boyd - Glad you like it!

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