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John Jackson, a Virginia legend, performs "Steamboat Whistle." The blues style originated in communities of formerly enslaved Africans and is derived from spirituals, praise songs, field hollers, shouts, and chants.

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
from Rappahannock Blues
John Jackson


Railroad Bill
from Classic African-American Ballads
John Jackson


Going Up North
from Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia
John Jackson



"Candy Man" by John Jackson
Listen to the song that got John Jackson discovered.

"Rocks and Gravels" by John Jackson
The preservation of these recordings was made possible with the generous support of The Grammy Foundation.

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