Blues, Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Rio Rancho, NM, United States
Blues, Folk, Singer-songwriter, roots rock
“..All music is folk music, I never heard any horses doin’ it.”
– Big Bill Broonzy.
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.
Blues Machine, his first release, is comprised of eleven acoustic originals with harmonica accompaniment. From straight ahead blues compositions, to songs telling stories of human struggle and survival, to the humorous and quirky, all are inspired by a love of
acoustic music and the songster, folk and blues of yore.
Secrets and Ruins, his second is filled with eight originals painted with an acoustic roots, folk and blues brush. They are inspired
by the ghost towns of the West and Southwest and the recent “Great Recession’s” similarities to the Great Depression of the thirties. Secrets and Ruins includes songs with a full
rhythm section. Much of the music could be put in the contemporary “Americana” category popular today, but Ol’ Lightning prefers “roots and folk-blues” and he’s got more
than a few grey hairs to back it all up…
He has been described as a “very compelling blues artist” and
one with “impeccable guitar work and a soulful voice” by blues-biz insiders and local promoters. His first CD, “Blues Machine”, is filled with folk-blues and Americana that “paints vivid portraits of the the lives of his characters with words”. It, and “Secrets and Ruins,” his new release are available for download and streaming through Cd Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Rdio, Spotify and others.
He supports animal rights and the ASPCA.
I’ve always been creative. I have education and practice in visual arts. And I have always loved music. I grew up listening to many different kinds of music; classical, ragtime, bluegrass, 70’s soul, ’50’s and ’60’s rock. When my step father joined the family in the late ’70s, he brought a big collection of records he had been given by an old DJ friend. I found all kinds of rock, R&B, blues, even early rap and that expanded my ear a great deal.
When I was eight, my parents and my brother and I were all injured in a huge fire. My hands were burned and I have limited use in all of my fingers. It took a bit of work, but I found my own approach to guitar, and after all that work, I certainly don’t want to stop. I enjoy it all too much. People tell me i’m good at it too. I played guitar and harmonica for years before, in my mid-fourties, I decided to get serious and began performing, writing and singing. It just seemed like the right time for me to do it. A late bloomer, yeah. But I don’t regret that.
My first release, called Blues Machine, ranged from straight acoustic blues to sort of an Americana-ish, bluegrass like style. And all of the songs were sung with acoustic guitar(s) and harmonica. My latest release, Secrets and Ruins, differs because there are some songs in a style less influenced by blues. It’s available at: http://www.cdbaby.com/lightninghall . It is a collection of songs that were in some ways inspired by the recent Great Recession, and it’s similarities to the Great Depression. And I found a rich place to seek new ideas for stories in exploring things that might have taken place in the ghost towns of the West, which have long interested me. It also has songs with a rhythm section. It’s a further study in developing my own songwriting and guitar style. This release is a hybrid of folk-blues-country-etc, I believe that’s what they call pop/rock, right? Acoustic in this case. I think it tends to run a bit into Glen Campbell/John Denver territory. Comparisons can be useful to a point but after you’ve been playing, and writing for a certain amount of time you find your own style by just writing and getting out of your own way rather than striving to do something original.
– Began performing as a solo act 2008
– Radio airplay on “Suckfree Radio” internet radio Jan 2012-Oct. 2012
– Radio Airplay Ken Saydak’s “Trinidaddio Blues Hour”
KCRT-FM 92.5, a commercial station broadcasting from Trinidad, Colorado. Aug. 2012
– Released first, self produced, CD “Blues Machine” 2013
– Performed over 100 solo shows as of 2015
– Released second CD, “Secrets and Ruins” 2015
– Radio airplay on “TapDetroit” internet radio Oct. 2016.
Accepted for Radio airplay on World Mix Inet, Moffat,Colorado. Early 2017
– Accepted for Radio airplay on Talk Radio of Pahrump aka KWKI 106.9 FM, Pahrump,Nevada early 2017
– Accepted for future review, and opportunities on Middle Tennessee Music, Sacramento,California. Early 2017.
– Accepted for Radio airplay on Live From the Rock n’ Roll Ranch, Canadensis, Pennsylvania early 2017
– Accepted for Radio airplay on TBJS Radio Network, Poteau, Oklahoma early 2017.
– Accepted for Radio airplay on InnerVisions, Berea, KY early 2017
– Accepted for Radio airplay on Andy’s Attic Radio, Abbotsford, BC, Canada early 2017.
– Accepted for Radio airplay on World Mix Inet. http://www.worldmixinet.com, Moffat,Colorado 81143
– Accepted for Radio airplay by WCPR NetWork
135 Ardis Loop Lot 11, Ringgold,Georgia 30736
-“Secrets and Ruins” release featured/reviewed by Independent Radio Trier, March 2017
– Accepted for Radio airplay on KPRG Public Radio, Guam June 2017.
-Accepted for Radio airplay on The Mikecast on 97.5FM -Somer Valley- U.K., Oct 2017.
-Accepted for Radio airplay on KKFI Community Radio, Kansas City, Missouri. Oct. 2017
Secrets And Ruins 2015 through CD Baby.
Blues Machine 2013 through CD Baby.