We all know Jack White as a member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, but this guitarist and songwriter is also a great blues enthusiast which resulted in covering some of the greatest bluesman like Son House, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Mc Tell over the years.
Grinnin’ In Your Face
In the documentary It Might Get Loud (2008) by Davis Guggenheim about the electric guitar White tells about his favorite song: “Grinnin’ in your Face” by Son House. Grinnin’ in your Face is like John The Relevater a non instrumental song. White earlier covered Son House song Death Letter. Watch White explain the magic of this song here:
Find out more about Jack’s White’s blues influenced on RollingStone Magazine. In 15 of Jack White’s Biggest Influences they recall that “Jack White specializes in updating old sounds and vintage vibes into a post-modern blues-rock pastiche”.
Son House never thought when he picked up his guitar back in 1928 that his songs would be remixed 90 years later. A lot of producers and DJ’s remix songs and of course the Blues is not forgotten. This first article in the ‘Blues in the remix’ serie: Son House who was brilliantly remixed by Karlo FInkers.
Remix John The Relevator
Karlo FInkers made a fantastic summer feeling blues song remix of ‘John The Relevator’, the combination of the relaxing beat, piano and the deep soul of Son House is the key to this hit.
Origins of John The Relevator
John the Relevator refers to the Apostle John in his role as the author of the Book of Revelation the last book of the new testament. A portion of that book focuses on the opening of seven seals and the resulting apocalyptic events. In its various versions, the song quotes several passages from the Bible in the tradition of American spirituals. The song is a Gospel Blues traditional, first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1930.
Son House Blues remix John the Relevator
Son House recorded the song in the 1960s a couple of times. His version is very soulful his deep voice is truly the blues feeling. The song is without instrumental backing.
Other Remixes of hte Blues song
Other DJ’s also made a remix of the great song, this is a more reggae influenced remix of the blues.
Since 1928 there is one artist that had two careers, four lives and more blues than anybody could dream of. A man that had to learn his own songs twice and was there when Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil on the crossroads. They had to search him down in N.Y. in the sixties because everybody thought he was death. Son House, the father of the Blues is still a big influence today. Continue reading Son House Father of the Blues→