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Preachin' the BluesThe Life and Times of Son House$
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Daniel Beaumont

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001

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My Black Mama

My Black Mama

Son House’s Paramount Session at Grafton, 1930

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(p.57) Chapter 4 My Black Mama
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Preachin' the Blues
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Daniel Beaumont

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.003.0004

This chapter looks at the Grafton recording sessions involving Son House, Charley Patton, and Arthur Laibley of Paramount Records, and also Willie Brown and pianist Louise Johnson. House recorded “My Black Mama” with impressive vocals reflecting all the bottled-up resentments of his life up to that point. Meanwhile, the recording of “Preachin' the Blues” was a bit more musically irregular, albeit with emotion that shows the same level of intensity. Ultimately, due to the stock market crash of 1929, sales of the recordings of all four of the musicians were low so House decided to quit music and would not record again commercially for 35 years.

Keywords:   Son House, Charley Patton, Willie Brown, Louise Johnson, Paramount Records, stock market crash

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