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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Classic Piedmont Blues

Two of my favourite acoustic guitar players - John Jackson and Doc Watson, are featured on this Smithsonian Folkways CD, and I recommend you sample the excerpts from all the tracks.

"With a selection of indelible recordings made over 70 years, Classic Piedmont Blues captures the essence of this fascinating blues tradition. Originating in the foothills of Southern Appalachia, the Piedmont blues served as a breeding ground for cross-pollination between traditions: rural and urban, black and white, country and coastal. Swept up on the tide of the Great Migration, it was carried from the Carolinas and Virginia, north and east through Maryland and Washington, D.C., to New York City and back again. Featuring influential artists like John Jackson, Cephas and Wiggins, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and many others, this collection offers an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style. 64 minutes, 36-page booklet with extensive notes".

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