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Classic Piedmont Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists
Classic Piedmont Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

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 & Wiggins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and many others, this collection offers an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style. 64 minutes, 36-page booklet with extensive notes.

Track Listing

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Truckin’ Little Baby John Jackson 3:00
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102
Mamie John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 4:13
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103
Hey Bartender, There’s a Big Bug in My Beer Warner Williams and Eddie Pennington 2:47
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104
Confusion Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry 3:21
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105
T.B. Blues Josh White 3:24
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106
If I Could Holler Like a Mountain Jack Baby Tate 3:06
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107
Clog Dance Hobart Smith 1:09
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108
Daisy Brownie McGhee 3:27
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109
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad Elizabeth Cotten 2:13
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110
I Got a Woman 'Cross Town Pink Anderson 1:56
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111
Red River Blues John Jackson 3:01
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112
I Ain’t Gonna Pick No More Cotton Warner Williams and Jay Summerour 3:50
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113
Sweet Woman Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee 3:06
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114
The Train that Carried My Girl from Town Doc Watson 2:22
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115
Mountain Jack Reverend Gary Davis 3:31
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116
Crow Jane John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:04
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117
Fore Day Creep Brownie McGhee 4:14
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118
Sittin’ On Top of the World Roscoe Holcomb 2:43
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119
Meet Me in the Bottom Pink Anderson 3:33
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120
Dirty Mistreater Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and J. C. Burris 3:01
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121
The Road is Rough and Rocky Archie Edwards 3:24
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