I saw It Might Get Loud this weekend. It’s a documentary about Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. It covers their relationship with the guitar; how they discovered it, what inspires them, and how they channel their creativity into it. In it Jack White talks at length about his fascination with old Delta blues, with how the masters of the genre were able to reveal raw emotion through the simplest of forms. That fascination has profoundly influenced the sound of The White Stripes. He and Meg strip songs down to their basics and play music that is imperfect and raw, but incredibly powerful.
Here are Jack and Meg paying homage to legendary bluesman Son House with a cover of “Death Letter Blues”:
And just in case you’re not familiar with the original, here’s Son himself: