Son House is labeled as one of the original Delta bluesmen, that deep blues of Mississippi. His influence spans from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters and all the way to The White Stripes of today (they covered of his songs, 'Death Letter').
While he was active in the 1930's and 1940's, after a field recording by Alan Lomax, he disappeared from public view until he was rediscovered in the early 1960's. Since then until his death in 1988, his original Delta blues style kept reminding us of the long and hard history of the music and his life. He remained true to his solo acoustic roots.
This album, called The Original Delta Blues was released in 1998, and features 11 tracks from the 1965 recording sessions (the complete sessions, available on another album, have 21 songs). It's shorter and therefore much easier for those who want to learn about the music to get into.
The songs include 'Death Letter', 'Preacher Blues', and a few a capella tracks, such as 'John the Revelator'.
You can hear the entire album below, and then go buy it when you're done!