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Author Topic: Cephas and Wiggins - Richmond Blues  (Read 1823 times)

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Cephas and Wiggins - Richmond Blues
« on: August 08, 2008, 09:22:40 AM »
great new CD out by the smithsonian /folkways group with awesome sound quality

Cephas and Wiggins
Richmond Blues

Richmond Blues
Cephas and Wiggins

Notes - In Richmond Blues, guitarist-singer John Cephas and his harmonica-player partner Phil Wiggins personify the century-old blues sound of the Piedmont, the Appalachian foothills running from Richmond to Atlanta. Drawing from roots of ragtime, ballads, country, old-time string band, rhythm and blues, and more, Richmond Blues is a musical roadmap of the Virginia Piedmont tradition. While Cephas calls it "part of my heritage, part of my soul," their sound is at the same time distinctly modern, a kind of "urban acoustic blues."
This recording is part of the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

32-page booklet with extensive notes and photos, 16 tracks, 65 minutes.

Track Listing:

Richmond Blues
Going to the River
Keep your hand off
My Baby
Black Rat Swing
Crow Jane
Dog Days of August
John Henry
Pigmeat Crave
Prison Bound Blues
Key to the Highway
Going down the Road Feeling bad
Careless Love
Great Change ( Rev Gary Davis Tune)
Reno Factor
Step it up and Go


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