Thursday, February 26, 2009


Son House (March 21, 1902– October 19, 1988)

"Death Letter" by Son House

It's slide guitar day. We start with a blues classic performed on a metal-bodied National resonator guitar with a copper slide. "Death Letter," also known as "Death Letter Blues," was the signature song of Delta bluesman Son House. House was an important influence on Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, and he remains influential today, with his music being covered by blues-rock groups such as The White Stripes. Compare and contrast, kids.

The White Stripes cover "Death Letter"

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