Son House: The Lost King Of The Delta Blues

This is from a great blog I follow called 1960s:Days of Rage. I actually met Son House in 1967 at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester. I was 16. He was an amazing character who could still sing and play wonderfully!

I was at an open mic in Leicester last night and a friend of mine, Rhett Barrow, sung a Son House song. He did a great job! Then, this morning, I came upon this blog post. Fate has directed me back to an appreciation of Son House and his marvellous recordings!

1960s: Days of Rage


Intense is the one word that describes Son House (21 March 1902 – 19 October 1988)and his version of the blues. He was a major influence on Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, like both of them, when Son sang the blues you had to believe him. Born Eddie James House Jr, his father played in the family brass band. House grew up on a plantation near Clarksdale. He was preaching in church by the time he was 15, as well as working a variety of jobs. He taught himself to play the guitar around 1923 and was soon playing house rent parties and local picnics. In 1928 he served time in the infamous Parchman Farm prison after which he worked with Charley Patton playing levee camps and country dances around Clarksdale, Mississippi. It was through Patton that Son House recorded for the first time. This was for Paramount Records…

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