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Richmond Blues

Richmond Blues

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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Track Listing

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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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