Son House, guitarist
birth name: Eddie James House, Jr.

Son House

March 21, 1902, Riverton, MS ~ October 19, 1988, Detroit, MI

Few listening experiences in the blues are as intense as hearing one of Son House's original 1930s recordings for the Paramount label. Entombed in a hailstorm of surface noise and scratches, one can still be awestruck by the emotional fervor House puts into his singing and slide playing. Little wonder then that the man became more than just an influence on some white English kid with a big amp; he was the main source of inspiration to both Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, and it doesn't get much more pivotal than that. ~ Allmusic: Son House ~ retrieved March 17, 2014 © Allmusic

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Still, the music that emerged from these common beginnings was not embraced by all blacks; the Delta blues belonged to the poorest and most illiterate. It grew to sophistication on street corners and in the rowdy and often dangerous drinking places called juke joints. The performers were usually drifters who could find work anywhere during harvest time. But the most popular became local stars - and often infamous. In Deep Blues, blues scholar Robert Palmer explained: “Blues was so disreputable that even its staunchest devotees frequently found it prudent to disown it. If you asked a black preacher, schoolteacher, small landowner, or faithful churchgoer what kind of people played and listened to the blues, they would tell you, 'cornfield niggers.'” The church and the blues were not supposed to mix. This was an ethical dilemma that haunted Son House all of his life. ~ Musicianguide: Son House ~ retrieved March 17, 2014 © Musicianguide

Son House ~ Voted #59 Guitar World 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time in 2012.

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