The Complete Library of Congress Sessions 1941-1942 by Son House on Jasmine Records

Son House - The Complete Library of Congress Sessions 1941-1942


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Son House was born Edward James House Jr. in Lyon, Mississippi in 1902, and at the age of 25 became a blues performer, developing a unique style of delta blues that lent heavily on his past as a preacher; House's emotive vocal style and bottleneck slide guitar technique were a key early influence on the likes of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. 
In 1930, shortly after spending time in Parchman Farm Penitentiary, House was invited by delta blues star Charlie Patton to a recording a session for Paramount Records, where six of his songs were recorded, and three of which were released. Issued at the beginning of the Great Depression on 78rpm records, these recordings were commercially unsuccessful, and any surviving copies incredibly scarce. 
Although he remained popular locally, House would not record again until approached by documentarist Alan Lomax to make these exceptional sessions at Fisk University in Nasville during Lomax's visits to the Southern United States in 1941 and 1942, collecting recordings of local folk music for the Library of Congress. 
Soon after these sessions, House retired from performing publicly, moving to Rochester, NY to work as a railroad porter and chef. During the folk revival of the late-50's and early-60's, these Library of Congress recordings would gain international popularity, however, House remained unaware of his new fame until 1964 when he was sought out and invited to perform again by a new generation of folk musicians. Between 1964 and 1974, House toured the US and Europe extensively, as well as recording for CBS records. 
Now out of press for decades, this definitive release collects all of the recordings Son House made for Alan Lomax. Accompanied at times by guitarist Willie Brown (the musical partner of Charlie Patton until Patton's death in 1934), mandolin player Fiddlin' Joe Martin, and harmonica player Leroy Williams, these influential sessions documenting House's unique style and unfiltered raw performances are arguably House at his creative best. 
Also included on this CD are three bonus tracks from the original 1930 Paramount sessions, 'Preachin' The Blues Part I and II' (originally issued in 1930 on 78, only one copy of which is still know to still exist), and 'Walkin' Blues' (which was unissued and considered lost until 1985). 


  1. Levee Camp Blues 
  2. Government Fleet Blues 
  3. Walking Blues 
  4. Shetland Pony Blues 
  5. Fo’ Clock Blues 
  6. Camp Hollers 
  7. Delta Blues 
  8. Special Rider Blues (False Start) 
  9. Special Rider Blues 
  10. Low Down Dirty Dog Blues 
  11. Depot Blues 
  12. The Key Of Minor 
  13. American Defense 
  14. Am I Right Or Wrong? 
  15. Walking Blues 
  16. County Farm Blues 
  17. The Pony Blues 
  18. The Jinx Blues - Part 1 
  19. The Jinx Blues - Part 2 
  20. Preachin’ The Blues - Part I [1930 Paramount session] 
  21. Preachin’ The Blues - Part II [1930 Paramount session] 
  22. Walkin’ Blues [1930 Paramount session] 


  • Housed in jewel case with clear tray 
  • Includes booklet with full detailed liner notes 





see also: 
Various - Mississippi Blues (1927-1941)   LP 


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