Political Animal


February 26, 2013 8:25 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

To kick off the day, here’s Lightnin’ Hopkins performing “C’mon in This House” in 1960. If I’m not mistaken, that’s an impossibly young Joan Baez watching him admiringly.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • martin on February 26, 2013 8:39 AM:

    A different YouTube of this clip calling the song Let's Pull A Party identifies here as Joan Baez, so it must be true;> It says it is from a DVD Texas Blues Guitar, which sounds worth checking out.

  • azportsider on February 26, 2013 9:35 AM:

    Suh-weeeet! Made my day, Ed!

  • Anonymous on February 26, 2013 9:50 AM:


    According to Wikipedia Hopkins played with Joan Baez in 1960. So it's most probably her. If not it must be her twin sister.

  • TomParmenter on February 26, 2013 11:23 AM:

    Lightning Hopkins channelling Champion Jack Dupree.

  • buddy66 on February 26, 2013 11:41 AM:

    Yep, that's her. It's not Mimi, her sister, and it's probably during his first California gig at San Francisco's Jazz Workshop (or the place across the street, whose name I forget). Also, Mose Allison was booked there for the preceding two weeks; but he stayed over and accompanied Hopkins on piano, gratis, so as to play with the legendary Texas bluesman.

  • Gerard on February 28, 2013 3:04 AM:

    This is one of the most influential posts on here.