WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Son House is a very very very fine House

I mean, wow. This clip is exceptional across the board, for the performance itself, for its value as an archival record, for the close-ups of the guitar playing (guitarists will appreciate the separate detailed looks at each hand’s work), and for House’s narrative too.

He starts playing around 2:20, but the opening soliloquy is worth listening to as well. And don’t bail out before 6:50, when he finishes and talks about the next number. You get a feel for the raw physicality of the playing. Then you get treated to an a capella gospel song, “John The Revelator.”

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This entry was posted on July 27, 2013 by in Et alia, Music and tagged , , , , .
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