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John Lee Hooker Jr. 

9 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

Pity the poor scions of music royalty, always walking in the shadows of their famous parents. And while it's gotta be tough to be, say, Jakob Dylan or Ravi Coltrane, at least they don't share the exact same names as their fathers. That isn't the case for John Lee Hooker Jr., who inherited his blues-legend daddy's Christian name but plays the blues in his own 21st-century style. As a singer, he both shouts and preaches, telling tall tales and broad boasts in a smooth, beguiling tenor voice. Hooker released his third album, All Odds Against Me, last year, and it employed horn charts, background vocals and slapped bass alongside his slick electric-guitar runs. The standout track "Blues Ain't Nothing But a Pimp" shows that Hooker can keep the genre current and offers a bridge between the blues' low-down laments and hip-hop's bigger-than-life bravado.

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