In the bearly part of the 20th century, Mississippi was still ultimately a slave state. Masters of the Country Blues - Son House and Bukka White video The Delta region had recently been cleared of wilderness, and profitable plantations had sprung up, attracting African-American workers to sharecrop. Unfortunately, Jim Crow laws were in effect that made sure these workers stayed tied to the lowest level of society. Masters of the Country Blues - Son House and Bukka White film Around the same time, a new form of music popped up: blues. Masters of the Country Blues - Son House and Bukka White review The blues spread through Mississippi and infected Son House and Bukkha White, now recognized as two of the form's most influential figures.
"… spine-tingling… Rory Block more than honors Son House's memory: she sets the standard for acoustic blues tribute records."
The Blues Masters series, much to Rhino`s credit, adopts an expansive definition of blues, allowing the likes of Count Basie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters and even Louis Prima admission. There is none of the purist`s quibbling over strict 12-bar form or the relative significance of prewar and postwar styles.
What Rhino delivers instead is the blues in all its myriad guises. This music is old and new, black and white, acoustic and electric, folksy and jazzy, performed by women and men, and yet it is all still blues at its core.