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Hubert Sumlin was born in Mississippi but raised in Arkansas, just outside West Memphis. In 1954, after a brief stint with James Cotton, Sumlin joined Howlin' Wolf's band and moved to Chicago. He toured with Wolf for two years before leaving to join Muddy Waters, with whom he played for a year. After returning to the Wolf fold, he remained lead guitarist until the great singer's death in 1976.

Sumlin help lead the Wolf band for a while after Howlin' Wolf's passing, but eventually branched out into a long overdue solo career. With the release of "Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party" in 1986 on the Black Top label, his solo career in the U.S. took shape. Sumlin continues to tour regularly, and has played and recorded with James Cotton, Eric Clapton, Eddie Taylor, Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Muddy Waters and many others. His most recent CD, "Wake Up Call," was produced by Jimmy Vivino.

Hubert Sumlin has always been highly regarded in blues musicians' circles and is an acknowledged hero to many famous guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa and Keith Richards. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page once said: "Sumlin is one important person... I love Hubert Sumlin. And what a complement he was to Howlin' Wolf's voice. He always played the right thing at the right time. Perfect."


The Blues Guitar of Hubert Sumlin

  • Taught By:
    Hubert Sumlin
  • Skill Level 3

    60-minute DVD, includes tab book

    With Levon Helm, David Johansen, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt

  • Product Code: DVDSUMGT21
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Take a lesson from the man who played guitar in Howlin' Wolf's band for more than twenty-five years! Hubert Sumlin's unique guitar lines became an integral part of the Wolf sound, and his spare, sharp-edged solos can be heard on dozens of classic recordings.

On this fascinating DVD, Hubert Sumlin discusses his style, technique and influences with guitarist Jimmy Vivino of the Conan O'Brien Band. Backed-up by a stellar rhythm session -- Jimmy on second guitar, Levon Helm (The Band) on drums and Michael Merritt (Conan O'Brien Band) on bass -- Hubert plays through some of his favorite Wolf tunes, including Smokestack Lightning, Forty Four, Killing Floor, Going Down Slow, Hidden Charms, Little Red Rooster and others. David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) sits in, providing powerful vocals to these timeless blues tunes.

Hubert is a fingerstyle player, and he discusses his traditional, Mississippi-based blues style (his first great influence was Charlie Patton) on both acoustic and electric guitars. You'll learn the licks that defined a musical era as he slows down some of his trademark solos and lead lines for blues enthusiasts and learning guitarists everywhere.
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