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Dave T Learning to Play Acoustic Blues (28) RE: Learning to Play Acoustic Blues 29 Aug 98

Speaking of listening to old blues... I guess this thread got me thinking of the old delta blues players. Most people give the credit to Robert Johnson, Carlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, etc. For my money one of the least talked about yet most influential was Son House.I've always liked the raw energy of his music even though I've only had a few songs of his here and there on various compilations. I went out today and found the CD "Son House: The Original Delta Blues", Columbia Legacy CK 65515. These are the 1965 recordings when he was "rediscovered". If you want to learn delta blues, this is the guy. At the time of these recordings he was either 63 or almost 80 years old depending on the actual date of his birth; there's some thought that although his legal documents say he was born in 1902, he was actually born in 1886! He himself gave this date in a few interviews and said he lied about his birth date so he could get a job as a porter in Rochester NY (he would have been too old otherwise). Anyway, although he'd undoubtedly lost some of his vocal power and dexterity in his fingers, this is what feeling is all about in delta blues; highly recommended.

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