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Sammy Lawhorne

An American guitarist of the blues.

Sammy Lawhorn is one of the most frequently recorded blues sidemen in the genre's history, which certainly has something to do with the fact that he is one of the music's most accomplished and versatile players.

Waters himself was a slide guitar soloist whose high notes could deafen a chipmunk at 40 paces, one of the best aspects of his various bands was the use of a second guitarist, a musical recipe that by the 1950's was simmering to perfection in the Waters' partnership with the great Jimmy Rogers.

At 15 his professional career began, accompanying harmonica player Elmore Mickle, who used the stage name of Driftin' Slim. An even better harmonica player snatched him up, none other than Sonny Boy Williamson II.

He participated in many album releases with Waters, including sessions where the band backed up other great artists such as Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, and Waters' longtime pianist sidekick, Otis Spann.

His died in 1990 and was attributed to natural causes.

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