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SASS Presents Son House "Death Letter Blues"
Posted by KenXroads on 4/22/2018, 2:42 pm
Edited by KenL on 4/22/2018, 6:21 pm
This week, The Sunday Artist & Song Showcase presents blues legend, Son House singing one of his most well-known songs, "Death Letter Blues." Son House was "rediscovered" in my hometown of Rochester, New York, in 1964, and I was fortunate to see Mr. House in his second public performance since his rediscovery by Dick Waterman. At The Eastman Theatre, November 1964, here in Rochester, Mr. House was a concert guest of Pete Seeger. Mr. House performed three songs while seated in a wooden chair and stomping his foot while flashing up and down the neck of a strange-looking, metal-bodied guitar with a piece of metal or something. I'd never seen or heard this style of music before and, from what I could gather, neither had most of the audience. From remembrance of phrases, I recall two of the songs as being "Death Letter Blues" and "Preachin' The Blues" but I can't recall the third song's title. Son's music was eerie and mesmerizing and I've been a fan of Delta Blues and blues ever since. After the concert, as Son House crossed the rear parking lot of The Eastman Theatre with his wife, Evie, and Dick Waterman, I approached and asked Mr. House to autograph the inside cover of my How To Play The 5-String Banjo
book, by Pete Seeger. Dick Waterman held out Son's guitar case and I placed my book on it for him to sign. I still have that autograph and share it with you here. In my opinion, the blues doesn't get any more intense than this video of Son House performing "Death Letter Blues." Best Experienced In Large-Format Video By Clicking Link At Bottom Of This Post
Link: Son House "Death Letter Blues"
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