Son House born in 1902, just outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi in a small town called Lyon, Mississippi.

Like many bluesmen, had a complicated relationship with faith and the “Devil’s music” of the blues.

Concerning his youth, he would speak of his hatred of blues and his passion for churchgoing (he described himself as “churchy” and “churchified”). At fifteen he began preaching sermons.

In 1927, at the age of 25 he went through a complete change on his views on the blues, after hearing a bottleneck slide guitar for the first time. He immediately bought a guitar and within weeks was performing with local musicians.

In an astonishingly short time, with only these four musicians as models, House developed to a professional standard a blues style based on his religious singing and simple bottleneck guitar style.

Around 1927 or 1928, he had been playing in a juke joint when a man went on a shooting spree, wounding House in the leg, and he allegedly shot the man dead. House received a 15-year sentence at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), of which he served two years between 1928 and 1929. He credited his re-examination and release to an appeal by his family, but also spoke of the intervention by the influential white planter for whom they worked.

In 1930, Art Laibly of Paramount Records arranged a famous recording session, with Charley Patton, Son House,  Willie Brown, and the pianist Louise Johnson, all of whom recorded songs. House recorded nine songs during that session, eight of which were released, but they were commercial failures. He did not record again commercially for 35 years

In 1964, after a long search of the Mississippi Delta region by Nick Perls, Dick Waterman and Phil Spiro, House was “rediscovered” in Rochester, New York. He had been retired from the music business for many years and was unaware of the 1960s folk blues revival and international enthusiasm for his early recordings. He subsequently toured extensively in the United States and Europe, performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.

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