In Tribute to Josh White: House of Rising Son

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
A master of ballad- and blues-singing in his own right, Josh White Jr. has made a difficult leap in crafting a tribute to his father, a seminal bluesman of the '40s and '50s, without imitating him. The younger White's interpretations of classic songs associated with his father, such as "Strange Fruit" and "House of the Rising Sun," stand on their own. And if you're familiar with the elder White's rise from a poor boy leading cantankerous blind blues singers around the South to a standout performer in clubs and concert halls, you'll find the son evoking the father. Josh White Jr. walks through the spirituals "Live the Life I Sing About", blues Betty & DuPree's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
A master of ballad- and blues-singing in his own right, Josh White Jr. has made a difficult leap in crafting a tribute to his father, a seminal bluesman of the '40s and '50s, without imitating him. The younger White's interpretations of classic songs associated with his father, such as "Strange Fruit" and "House of the Rising Sun," stand on their own. And if you're familiar with the elder White's rise from a poor boy leading cantankerous blind blues singers around the South to a standout performer in clubs and concert halls, you'll find the son evoking the father. Josh White Jr. walks through the spirituals "Live the Life I Sing About", blues Betty & DuPree's Blues", and lesser-known songs "Blood Red River Blues" of the elder White's repertoire with reverence. The disc concludes on a winsome note, with a live recording of the father and son singing together on Duke Ellington's radio show when White Jr. was just four years old. He provided a lively chorus for the song "One Meatball."
All Music Guide - Matt Fink
All things considered, it's somewhat surprising that Josh White, Jr. hadn't recorded a full-fledged tribute album for his father earlier, but however long overdue the collection is, it more than makes up for the delay with the quality of the collection. Creating a truly fitting tribute, he displays the wonderfully rich guitar playing and singing that made his father a legend on classics like "Gonna Live the Life," "Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed," and a smoldering "House of the Rising Sun." A strongly spiritual quality shines through White Jr.'s expressive folk blues, and though he doesn't outshine his father, he definitely more than does the material justice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Silverwolf
  • UPC: 787991101526
  • Catalog Number: 1015
  • Sales rank: 307,893

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh White Jr. Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Josh White Track Performer
Technical Credits
Guthrie Thomas Producer
Peter Link Producer
Douglas Yeager Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Josh White Jr. Producer, Liner Notes
Jesse Plumley Engineer
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