Chris Thomas King: Death Letter Blues
Death Letter Blues
The Soul of Chris Thomas King: The Roots (21st Century Blues Records 2107)
Composed by Son House.
Recorded: New Orleans, July 1998
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
It's hard to pin down Baton Rouge native son Chris Thomas King. Is he the actor who made his mark in Ray and that great Coen Brothers' film Oh Brother,Where Art Thou? Is he the bluesy rapper? Is he the pioneer of sampled blues? For my part, I would like to hear more of Chris Thomas King, the acoustic blues artist. When he digs into an old, old blues, like Son House's "Death Letter Blues," he captures the intensity of the Delta heritage as well as any musician of his generation. This is great roots music, from a modernist who is very much at home in the old traditions.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia