Friday, October 1, 2010

Son House - Death Letter Blues

Over on facebook James Ford posted a clip of the Max Fliesher animation of Cab Callaway's Saint James Infirmary, citing it as an example of Zen master endorsed ultra-cool. I agree with its' ultra-cool character and in a similar spirit offer up this clip of the amazing Son House. Here he performs his classic Death Letter Blues, an unblinking musical look into the face of death. Son House does not flinch or look away, but rather tells it like it is! Does it get cooler than this?


Barry said...

Oh, this is just a fine song. I once bought a Son House CD solely in order to have a copy of this song.

David Clark said...

Same here, Barry. I simply could not believe my ears when I first heard this song many years ago. I was delighted to find this performance on Utube! I'm very grateful someone got him recorded on film.

Anonymous said...

How you feeling ?

Thanks for the Son House blues link. I don't know if he is on any of my Blues CDs, but I am going to have to keep my eyes open.. and the youtube link I click got me to listren to The White Stripes. I am going to keep my eyes open for them also.