Known to music fans around the world as the "King of the Boogie," John Lee Hooker endures as one of the true superstars of the blues genre: the ultimate beholder of cool. His work is widely recognized for its impact on modern music – his simple, yet deeply effective songs transcend borders and languages around the globe. Each decade of Hooker's long career brought a new generation of fans and fresh opportunities for the ever-evolving artist.
When the young bohemian artists of the '60s "discovered" Hooker, among other notable blues originators, he found his career taking on a new direction. With the folk movement in high gear, Hooker returned to his solo, acoustic roots, and was in strong demand to perform at colleges and folk festivals around the country. Across the Atlantic, emerging British bands were idolizing Hooker's work. Artists like the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds introduced Hooker's sound to new and eager audiences, whose admiration and influence helped build Hooker up to superstar status.
The Hook closed out the '60s with the excellent That's Where It's At! (1969), a stripped-down, solo outing on the venerable Stax Records label featuring the legendary bluesman on electric guitar, performing a mercurial yet engaging selection of songs, including "Goin' to Louisiana" and "Feel So Bad." This reissue will mark the first domestic availability of this title on vinyl since 1979.