Watch the Riff-Based Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Edition

"Howlin' Wolf recorded ""Killing Floor"" in 1964 and it was released as a single. According to blues guitar great and longtime Wolf associate Hubert Sumlin, the song's title refers to male-female relationships. “Down on the killing floor – that means a woman has you down,” The song became an instant classic and is a blues staple. The version here is similar to Jimi Hendrix's take on the tune. If you are not familiar with the Howlin' Wolf version, please listen immediately!"