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Secrets and Ruins

by Lightning Hall

Original acoustic blues and folk/Americana. Music and stories brought together like a walk through the memories of a Southwestern ghost town. Lightning Hall's second solo release.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chasing Sunshine (feat. Erik E. Knudson)
5:16 $1.19
2. Fat Chance City
4:35 $1.19
3. Pickup Truck
6:22 $1.19
4. Pulling Up Track
6:01 $1.19
5. Dust of the Dance
5:05 $1.19
6. Step Into the Sunset
4:36 $1.19
7. Old Friends
5:23 $1.19
8. Get Outta That Rut
5:37 $1.19
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Album Notes
"Secrets and Ruins" is my second release, following "Blues Machine" which
was released as by "The Lightning Hall," and takes on a different theme.
Like many people I'm fascinated by "ghost towns" and places abandoned.
And I've found the idea of such places to be fertile ground for songwriting ideas.
What might have happened there, and to whom? Add to that my longtime fascination with the
acoustic folk-blues that existed around the time of the Great Depression and
you have Secrets and Ruins.
Of course you also have to add to the mix a lot of "finding" on guitar,
wringing maximum meaning from a minimum of words, the agony of recording
(there's no audience!), and editing. Then, ultimately, you can listen to the end result.
I hope you find it a rewarding listen.


I grew up in the west and in Galveston, Texas and through various sources, listened to Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Rock, '50's and contemporary Rock and Roll, Country, early Rap, Ragtime, and classical music. I developed a love of "Southern Music". But the sound of solo acoustic folk blues did more than entertain my ears, it caught something in my soul.
That raw sound of slide, pick and fingers on acoustic guitar was amazing. The vocals and lyrics equally raw and soulful
I learned a lot of guitar, mostly by listening to records and playing along. Mostly rock and blues styles. Two folk-blues artists who have been a major influence on my playing are Big Bill Broonzy. and Lightning Hopkins. One contemporary blues artist who has is Jimmie Vaughan. An individual style, however, is what I have worked for.
In my mid fourties I "decided," or maybe I just couldn't wait any longer, and began working on singing and songwriting. I found that I had considerable ability for them, and guitar playing. And that, along with encouragement and effort, has allowed me to find some local success as a solo performer in the "Folk-Blues" style. I might mention here that I was injured in a huge brush fire along with my parents and brother when I was only eight years old. Both my hands were severely burned. I now have only four fingers on my right hand, and limited flexibility in all. Django Reinhardt you say? I suppose, though I can't list him as an influence. Hopefully, you have by now listened to some of my music and can hear how far I have left behind my handicaps.



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