John the Revelator (Son House) – Charlie Beale

Edward James House Jr. (AKA Son House) is a true legend of the delta blues. He started as a preacher and a pastor and transitioned smoothly into slide guitar playing and singing at the age of 25. Recording under the Paramount label during the Great Depression didn’t exactly boost album sales but nonetheless, Eddie became a massive influence for other musicians like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Alan Wilson, and Jack White. Fun fact: Around 1927 or 1928, he had been playing in a juke joint when a man went on a shooting spree, hitting House in the leg, and he allegedly shot the man dead. House received a 15-year sentence at the Mississippi State Pen, of which he served two years.

Ok, history lesson aside, Son House was and still is an epic and bad ass musician of the last century. Charlie Beale, on the other hand, is a bold mother- for remixing this tune. With a string of releases on the Freshly Squeezed label, Beale’s fiery blend of funk, swing jazz and delta blues jumped up with 21st Century production is gaining him a worthy reputation.While this song clearly has biblical references which aren’t my regular cup of tea, I love the raw emotion that House sang with and the groovy guitar plucks. The change in tempo at 2:30 is also an interesting twist. Be sure to check out Beale’s other tracks as it took me 2 days to decide on which one to post!

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