The Nervous Fellas play some Rockabilly Blues with a live cover of Sam “Lightnin” Hopkin’s “Finally Met My Baby”
Rockabilly band The Nervous Fellas with Mark Twang & Ronnie Hayward and the Legendary Butch Murphy playing some Rockabilly Blues – Bluesabilly on the road in the Downstairs John at McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario “The Hammer” Canada.
When you first start listening to music certain songs or singers jump at ya and keep floating around in your head which is the magic of music.
Even to this day Sam “Lightin” Hopkins was like that for me, from his solo stuff to later playing with a band. His band stuff was like early rockabilly with echo at times on the guitar and his sound was always raw and biting but with a lot of space.
Ronnie Hayward and I worked on his songs for years in various other bands just trying to capture that “gut bucket” feel the Lightnin’ groove which is that Texas blues shuffle with a thumpin steady dead thumb bass. So by the time I got to this point in time with Ronnie it was just great to dig into this song as I knew Ronnie had brought this one into the band prior to me, Mark Twang sitting in with Fellas. His bass intro sets up the whole groove of the song for my guitar and Murph’s vocal to weave in and out through his bass line while Al Black held the time.
Lightnin’ a Texas Blues Legend
Ronnie and I never forgot how he looked when we first saw footage of him. We loved him as an entertainer and his whole look – a true Rockabilly Blues !
Lightnin’ Hopkins “Finally Met My Baby” was later released on the Nervous Fellas LP “Born To Be Wild” on Nervous Fellas U.K.
Nervous Fellas in 1988:
Special thanks to Doug “Cool Fool” Carter for shooting the whole night for us.
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Listen to a studio version of the song here :
Pete Turland plays Doghouse bass on that studio cut along with John Hanson on Drums with Murphy and Twang