Well, tip your beer tonight for Hubert Sumlin, one of the last of that essential generation of musicians who first electrified the blues, taking it from the cotton fields of the South to Chicago’s clubs. Sumlin, who made his name as Howlin’ Wolf’s lead guitar player, died Sunday of heart failure. He was 80. Man, could he play.
Rolling Stone wrote this about his death. The Chicago Tribune put out this remembrance. Watch this to see Sumlin playing “Smokestack Lightning with Wolf in 1966. And, if you’re looking for a lesson from a master, watch this clip from Sumlin’s later days.