Son House was one of the Mississippi Delta's most original and influential first generation bluesmen. House's 1930s recordings stand as a testament to the raw beauty and emotional intensity of early country blues, and their influence over everyone from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to Howlin' Wolf is more than apparent. House sang the blues with the passion of a preacher and played his guitar as if every note and chord were his last, attacking the strings instead of strumming them. House's blues style reflected his inner tensions; throughout his life he seemed torn between the blues and the pulpit. Songs such as "John the Revelator" and "Preachin' Blues" strongly hinted that House had religious yearnings, while tunes like "Death Letter Blues" revealed his instinct for pain, loss and despondency. House spent most of his early career playing Mississippi Delta juke joints and house parties. In 1941 and 1942 he recorded for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress. But with the onset of World War II and the black migration north, country blues took a backseat to the louder, newer sound of Chicago's electrified blues. House eventually headed north, winding up in Rochester, New York, where he was rediscovered during the country blues revival of the 1960s, finally achieving the acclaim he had long since deserved.
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