I’ve been doing some research on photos of old jazz and blues guys for paintings. I’m a big fan of Hawkins. Tom Waits once said that Hawkins was his main voice influence, and if you ever have listened to BONE MACHINE or RAIN DOGS, you can here it.  CCR had a hit with the Hawkins song, “I put a spell on you” and a gazillion people since have covered it. Izzy Stradlin from G n’ R does a cover of “Up jumped the Devil” that is pretty rocking too.

Not sure if I’m going to paint him, but I sure like this picture, I wonder if he has the “Constipation Blues” in this photo?