Be sure to check out the new John Lee Hooker box set, King of the Boogie, featuring Hooker’s classic recordings plus live cuts, rarities, and previous unreleased tracks. The set is the first major collection that draws from Hooker’s extensive discography including his early days with Modern Records in Detroit in the late 1940s through his work with Vee Jay in Chicago in the 50s and early 60s and his all-star collaborations with friends and admirers Eric Clapton, George Thorogood, Santana, and B.B. King. The box set also includes a 56 page book by Jas Obrecht.

In addition, as part of the celebration of the Centennial of Hooker’s birthday, an exhibition of Hooker photographs, guitars, and memorabilia will be on display at the GRAMMY museum in Cleveland, Mississippi through January 2018 when it will move to the main GRAMMY museum in Los Angeles. Hooker performed with Epiphone guitars throughout his career and was fond of calling his Sheraton “an outdid 335.” Look for more good news from Epiphone and the John Lee Hooker Foundation soon and read our birthday tribute to the Crawling’ Kingsnake here.