Depot Blues - "Son" House
Son House, 23” X 9”
Eddie James "Son" House, Jr was a blues singer and guitarist, noted for his highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing. He was determined to become a Baptist preacher, and at age fifteen began his preaching career. Ironically he spent time on Parchman Farm in 1928 and 1929 for killing a man in self defense. He developed a powerful and innovative style featuring very strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of a bottleneck, coupled with singing that resembled the hollers of the chain gangs. In this piece he is driving and smoking in a 1967 Chevy Impala.