This scratchy copy of “Mississippi Country Farm Blues” is a window into Son’s oppressive up bringing. A master at creating unusual chord structures, he uses his vocal and guitar to create moving double harmonies. Jack White of White Stripes fame dedicated the White Stripe’s first album to Son House.
Son House is taking on quite a subject here. He’s making generalizations about the affect one experiences from being with women of his own ethnicity. His take “…make a mule kick his stable down…” is just one poetic moment in this gritty number.
Son House – “My Black Mama (Part 1)“ (play/download mp3)
Y’all every wondered where Robert Johnson got this chops from?¬† Son House is the touchstone artist of the delta blues, and his ingenuity and personality fanned out and influenced blues musicians all across the South.