Hubert Sumlin, RIP

The electric blues guitar pioneer and longtime Howlin' Wolf sideman died last Saturday at the age of 80.

It speaks to the widespread love and respect Sumlin earned in the music business that he could assemble such a remarkable all-star band [Levon Helm of The Band, David Johansen of the New York Dolls, Jimmy Vivino and Michael Merritt of Conan O'Brien's "Basic Cable Band"] for something as piddlyass as a guitar-instructional video.

Here, Hubert walks us through the elegantly simple but surprisingly hard to master guitar part of the classic "Smokestack Lightning."

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