Son House, Legends Of Country Blues: The Complete Pre-War Recordings Of Son House (Disc B)


By Dion

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Delta bluesman’s collected early recordings

What an interesting character — he would sing with the same intensity in front of two people in a living room or in front of two thousand people. He has a very rich sound, very full. He sounded like he could sing without a mike. When I first heard it, it sounded like it was from outer space. See, I grew up with what we were hearing on the jukebox and on TV — Kay Starr and the hit parade, Frankie Laine, Jerry Vale, a lot of Italian singers with vibrato, which I hated. I heard Son House and I got hooked. It made an immediate impact on my soul. It was like I knew a secret everyone else didn't know. His passion is, man, incredible. This guy is so connected to the song spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically. He really knows who he is when he's in the center of the song. You know that thing is flowing.