Rappahannock Blues

Rappahannock Blues

John Jackson SFW40181

Raised in a large, musical farm family in Rappahannock County, Virginia, John Jackson (1924-2002) was the most important black Appalachian musician to come to broad public attention during the mid-1960s. Having learned guitar and his wide-ranging stock of songs as a youth from family and 78-rpm recordings, he enthralled major audiences during more than three decades with his vintage style and repertoire. Culled from hundreds of live concert recordings in the Smithsonian Folkways archives, the twenty tracks of Rappahannock Blues highlight John Jackson the way he most wanted to be remembered—as a bluesman. 20 tracks, 57 minutes, 32-page booklet with extensive notes.

This recording is the fifth in the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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John Jackson performs "Steamboat Whistle"

Featured Artist: John Jackson

Year Released 2010
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright (p) (c) 2010 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Music; American Folk; Blues

Download Liner Notes

101 Rocks and Gravel John Jackson 2:49
102 Too Tight Rag John Jackson 4:00
103 Candy Man John Jackson 2:44
104 Truckin’ Little Baby John Jackson 2:55
105 Railroad Bill John Jackson 3:33
106 Nobody’s Business (If I Do) John Jackson 3:15
107 Don't You Want to Go Up There John Jackson 2:25
108 The Year Clayton Delaney Died John Jackson 2:36
109 John Jackson’s Breakdown John Jackson 2:06
110 Red River Blues John Jackson 2:56
111 Brown’s Ferry Blues John Jackson 2:11
112 Cindy John Jackson 2:21
113 You Ain’t No Woman John Jackson 2:22
114 John Henry John Jackson 3:20
115 Diddy Wah Diddy John Jackson 3:12
116 Just a Closer Walk with Thee John Jackson 2:33
117 Frankie and Johnny John Jackson 3:40
118 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down John Jackson 3:06
119 Step It Up and Go John Jackson 2:10
120 West Coast Rag John Jackson 1:45
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