Mr. Tater the Music Maker, Clarksdale, Miss., 2007
Son House “Clarksdale Moan” (2:59)
(Recorded July or August, 1930 in Grafton, Wisconsin)
Son House recorded nine songs for Paramount in Grafton, Wisconsin in 1930, released on 78 rpm. These recordings were highly sought by blues historians of later generations, as House was a seminal influence on later blues greats, particularly Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. While seven of these recordings were rediscovered, the “Clarksdale Moan” / “Mississippi County Farm Blues” 78 continued to elude collectors and was dubbed the “Holy Grail” of lost blues recordings.
In September 2005, a collector announced he had obtained the lost “Clarksdale Moan” / “Mississippi County Farm Blues” 78 in reasonably decent condition. The details of this discovery are not known to the public as the collector has chosen to remain anonymous. On April 4, 2006, both “Clarksdale Moan” and “Mississippi County Farm Blues” were released. While “Clarksdale Moan” is a previously unknown song for House, “Mississippi County Farm Blues” is an earlier (and faster) version of a song Son House later recorded at his Library of Congress recording session in 1941.
These are some damn fine donuts. Clarksdale, Mississippi, May 13, 2008.