No one could ever say that James "Son" Thomas didn't have the right to sing the blues. A Mississippi share cropper and grave digger and later, a furniture store laborerThomas lived a hard life that included being shot by his Rudie Cant Fail - The Clash - London Calling, being severely burned by a space heater, surgery for a brain tumor, long battles with emphysema and epilepsy, and the final series of strokes and heart attacks that finally took his life.
Along the way he developed into a skilled folk sculptor and a captivating guitarist and singer. He was officially "discovered" in by folk researcher William Ferris, who featured Thomas as the centerpiece of his book Blues From the Delta as well as several short films, opening the Rollin And Tumblin - Son Thomas* - Good Morning School Girl for Thomas' entry on to the international folk and blues circuit, which led to this album, which was recorded in May in the Netherlands by Leo Bruin.
It features Thomas alone with an acoustic guitar holding forth on fairly traditional Delta blues material in a generally high, near falsetto voice he drops down in tone for a couple of songs, like "Hard Time Blues".
The hushed intimacy of the setting gives several of these tracks tremendous power, and although Thomas isn't particularly unique or innovative on anything here, his calm sincerity and easy style are immensely affecting. As an intimate glimpse at one of the last true folk-blues musicians from the Delta, this is a valuable historical recording, but also an enjoyable one. Before downloading any file you are required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions.
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