Richmond Blues

Richmond Blues

Cephas and Wiggins SFW40179

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.


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Year Released 2008
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Genre(s) African American Music; American Folk; Blues
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101 Richmond Blues John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:57
102 Going to the River John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:02
103 Keep Your Hands Off My Baby John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:58
104 Black Rat Swing John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:32
105 Mamie John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 4:10
106 Crow Jane John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:01
107 Dog Days of August John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 4:09
108 John Henry John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:36
109 Pigmeat Crave John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:32
110 Prison Bound Blues John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:21
111 Key to the Highway John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:25
112 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:35
113 Careless Love John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:48
114 Great Change John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:47
115 Reno Factory John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:16
116 Step It Up and Go John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 2:57
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