Virginia Traditions: Tidewater Blues

Virginia Traditions: Tidewater Blues

Various Artists BRI00006

Few states in this country can boast of more diverse folkways than Virginia. Many of the material objects—such as barns, tools, and furniture—reflect the traditions that shaped the lives of its earliest settlers and the generations of Virginians who followed. The Commonwealth’s performance traditions of songs, tunes, and tales also tell of a shared heritage involving all classes of people in every facet of life. Because traditions naturally change over time, the documentation of Virginia folk culture is an ongoing process essential to our understanding of the past, present, and future. By recording the folkways of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College and its BRI Record label strive to foster a greater appreciation of our folk roots through an array of interpretive programs.

Year Released 1982
Record Label Blue Ridge Institute
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1982 Blue Ridge Institute
Genre(s) African American Music; American Folk; Blues

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101 Leaving You, Mama Carl Hodges 3:12
102 Albemarle County Rag Henry Harris 1:24
103 I'd Feel Much Better The Virginia Four 2:33
104 Blind Love Pernell Charity 3:01
105 Barbershop Rag William Moore 2:59
106 King Kong Blues The Back Porch Boys 2:59
107 Black Rat Swing John Cephas 3:36
108 Going Down The Road Feeling Good Corner Morris 2:20
201 War Blues Pernell Charity 2:58
202 Blues Big Boy 4:36
203 Sweet Woman Blues The Back Porch Boys 3:04
204 Motorcycle Swing Henry Harris 1:26
205 Pleading Blues Monarch Jazz Quartet of Norfolk 2:46
206 Poor Boy Blues Carl Hodges 3:15
207 Richmond Blues John Cephas and John Woolfork 2:43
208 One Way Gal William Moore 3:16
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