Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heroes: Son House

If the devil didn't teach Robert Johnson, it was this man (and it's a straight shot from Johnson to Chuck).  He taught Muddy, too.  In fact, there's a great paragraph in the Muddy Waters biography "Can't Be Satisfied" where Muddy Waters spots a band member imitating the aged limp of Son House.  Waters puts a stop to it immediately and tells the band to give some respect to a man who was there before all of them.

We've got to do the same.  If you don't know him, here's a place to start.

He even looks a little like Chuck Berry in the shot up there.


Anonymous said...

Tulane, you do have a very good grasp on the heritage of music in the USA.

Peter said...

Thank you! My grasp is pretty small, but I think I was lucky to reach right to the core of American music when I was pretty young. Anything I add now, is like the fuzzy stuff on a comet-- it shines. And I do think music is one of our greatest gifts to the world-- right up there with the constitution, and a lot more fun.