John Lee Hooker passed away June 21, 2001, depriving the blues world of yet another pivotal artist whose influence will persist throughout the 21st century.

John Lee Hooker passed away June 21, 2001, depriving the blues world of yet another pivotal artist whose influence will persist throughout the 21st century. From Clarksdale to Heaven, a tribute to Hooker, features 13 tracks—12 written by Hooker and one ("May the Circle Be Unbroken) arranged by him—plus an unreleased Hooker number, "Red House," which he cut in 1989 as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Artists who contributed to Clarksdale include Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, Andy Fairweather-Low, Mick Taylor, Peter Green/Splinter Group, and Hooker's daughter, Zakiya. Particularly deep performances are delivered by Beck ("Hobo Blues"); Green ("Crawling King Snake"); Zakiya Hooker ("I Want to Hug You"); and Vince Converse, Leo Lyons, and Ric Lee ("Bad Like Jesse James"). This is a righteous tribute to a rare bluesman. Distributed by RED.—PVV

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