061 - I'm Son House and My Dad Played Folk Tuba!!!
Son of a Folk Tuba player and raised in the Baptist church, his life was a rollercoaster between the bible and the blues. At the age of 9, he started preaching sermons at his local church and singing hymns. After hearing a bottleneck guitar playing blues musician, he changed his focus from God and switched it to guitar.
At a house folic in Lyon, MS while he was playing his guitar and singing the blues, a gunman busts into the party and started shooting. Like all good musicians, he put down his guitar and pulled out his pistol. After shooting the shooter, once the smoke settled, he got arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison. After an appeal from a local plantation owner, his case is re-examined and he is released after serving 2 years in one of the worst prisons in America.
After failing out of the music industry, they found him working in a train station in Rochester, NY and thanks to the folk music revival of the 1960's, he becomes a world wide sensation, With a world tour on the horizon, he'd been out of the game so long he needed to be retaught how to play guitar and who better than guitarist from the Canned Heat, Alan Wilson. From being plucked from obscurity, to thrust into the spotlight, tune in to the musical poetry of the pistol packing purveyor of the popular, it's the King of the Delta Blues, Son House.
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