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John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Biscuits 'N Blues
Jan. 13, 2006
(Courtesy of SF Weekly) 

At an early age, John Lee Hooker, Jr. seemed to have it all: an almost regal pedigree, instant name recognition and the talent to back up his father and legendary bluesmen like Jimmy Reed before his 16th birthday. Then the Behind the Music-style meltdown came early, and a once-promising career was stalled for 25 years by drugs, alcohol, divorce and incarceration. Now, Hooker, recipient of the 2004 Comeback Artist of the Year award by the Bay Area Blues Society, has returned with the Grammy-nominated Blues With a Vengeance, a rollicking mix of blues, jazz and R&B that has pushed the prodigal son back into the spotlight. Sober for nearly three years, he has been touring nonstop since early 2004, backed by a robust four-piece outfit featuring Herbie Hancock protégé Will “Roc” Griffin. During that time, Hooker has established himself as a mainstay of the San Francisco blues scene, and will appear at Biscuits ’N Blues on Friday, Jan. 13; call 292-2583 for reservations and info.

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