Lightnin' Hopkins: The Gold Star Sessions
The Assignment: Design a complete package for a hypothetical rereleased collection of songs in commemoration of Smithsonian-Folkways’ recent acquisition of Arhoolie Records. The package is a double gatefold to accommodate two vinyl LPs, with an attached insert that functions like a book.
The Background: Lightnin' Hopkins is considered to be one of the greatest country blues singers of his time. He was known for his ability to improvise songs on-the-spot as the situation allowed, creating new musical stories as they happened. The Gold Star sessions represent the earliest and most authentic recordings of Lightnin's music.
The Concept: Each spread features a lyric from a song included in the collection. The use of transparencies echoes the way in which Lightnin' pulled words from his environment.