Lightning Hall

Lightning Hall

 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA
SoloBluesSouthern Rock

He has been described as a "very compelling blues artist" and one with "impeccable guitar playing and a soulful voice". Erik has a deep appreciation for traditional blues artists like Lightning Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters and adds his own excellent songwriting to the mix.

Biography

First things first.. Lightning Hall...?? Wha's dat?? It's a reference to the solo acoustic bluesmen of the 20's and later. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins (obviously..), Son House, Charley Patton, and there were many others. That kind of music gave me my earliest desire to learn to play guitar. Things haven't changed....  I just learned more about other kinds of music too.

Lightning Hall is an artist who blends the soulful sound of early
acoustic blues with folk, roots rock and other styles. Like revered
jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, he plays, and plays well, in spite of
serious burn injuries to his hands. A regular performer in the Albuquerque, NM
area for several years. He grew up in the Gulf Coast city of Galveston, TX.
where he acquired a taste for blues, southern rock, country, R&B...
Southern music in general.

He sings, plays guitar and harmonica and writes and performs
original songs and the songs of classic acoustic blues masters like Lightning Hopkins,
Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters and other "folksters". And through the use
of 21st century technology, Lightning Hall has begun performing as a one man
electric blues band.

Lightning Hall is committed to creating and performing
quality original music with an original voice that is still rooted in American
music, especially early, acoustic blues. He refuses to be a "walking jukebox" of
the endlessly rehashed Contemporary Top 40 and Classic Rock tunes so many bands perform, preferring to present covers of music less often heard, and with an authentic
and individual take.

Lyrics

Pickup Truck

Written By: Erik E. Knudson

Pickup Truck ©Erik Knudson 2015

I was bought by the old man back in ‘23
Stamped steel, paint and
a little chrome on me.
Hard rubber tires and a nice seat bench.
You could say I was a good place
to turn a wrench.

I went to work straight away
There were mouths to feed and
(plenty of them old) bills to pay.
I hauled about everything under the sun,
When work was over I was
ready for some fun.

I’m your muddy Messiah,
your best of luck.
I’m your dusty savior,
I’m your pickup truck.

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Life kept on moving, and I did to,
seems there was always
something ‘round for me to do.
Took the folks to the doctor
when the kids were born.
You can’t say that ain’t true to form.

My old ironblock motor
kept on tickin’ along.
Got a few scars but I
was still feeling stong.
I got repaired, rebuilt,
touched up and fixed.
One trip finished
always ready for the next.

I’m your muddy Messiah,
your best of luck.
I’m your dusty savior,
I’m your pickup truck.
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Now my third coat of paint
is wearing thin.
Rust shows through
where the first begins.
Front end’s a little loose
gotta keep it under fifty.
Tube radio quit but it sure looks nifty.

I’m a handy place for the kids to play.
a few nicks and scratches
is the price I pay.
I Had to stay on my toes
when they learned to drive.
Got a few scares but man I’m still alive.

I’m your muddy Messiah, your best of luck.
I’m your dusty savior,
I’m your pickup truck.

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
I’m not ready for that
old wrecking yard just yet.
My story hasn’t seen it’s last sun set.
If you’ve gotta put me somewhere
make it someplace near.
So I can sit and watch and
reflect on the years.

I’ll watch the people as
they walk on by.
Maybe I’ll put a gleam in someone’s eye.
And they’ll want to put
some new life in me
And I’ll be all stamped steel, paint
and chrome can be.

I’m your muddy Messiah,
your best of luck.
I’m your dusty savior,
I’m your pickup truck.

Discography

Blues Machine, 2011. self produced CD
Get Out Of that Rut, 2012, single