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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
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102
Going to the River John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:02
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103
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:58
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104
Black Rat Swing John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:32
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Mamie John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 4:10
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Crow Jane John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:01
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107
Dog Days of August John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 4:09
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108
John Henry John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:36
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109
Pigmeat Crave John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:32
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110
Prison Bound Blues John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:21
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111
Key to the Highway John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:25
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Going Down the Road Feeling Bad John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:35
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113
Careless Love John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 5:48
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114
Great Change John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:47
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115
Reno Factory John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:16
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Step It Up and Go John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 2:57

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