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Jayy Hopp

June 30, 2023

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A native of LaGrange, GA Lawshawn "Jayy Hopp" Hopson started out playing gospel music, drumming at first until his cousin formally introduced him to the guitar. The guitar grooves and distinctive sounds of gospel and R&B always caught his ear. As he aged, Jayy Hopp expanded his musical vocabulary. He started listening closely to Jimi Hendrix playing style..a which lead him to people like Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, Robert Ward (his uncle) and Ike Turner. His long time friend, Jontavious Willis, enlightened him about the roots of the blues, the country blues playing style and how the blues impacts the music we know today. Jayy Hopp's performances are lively musical experiences, drawing from all of his influences and the energy of his audiences.