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Country Blues & Ditties

Country Blues & Ditties

American Piedmont blues musician and songster John Jackson (1924–2002) lived in suburban Washington, DC, most of his adult life, supporting his wife and family by working as a grave digger. Jackson’s musical influences included both black and white blues, folk, and country musicians. Although a shy individual, his distinctive guitar style and musical repertoire got him invitations to play at local house parties. “Discovered” in the early 1960s, Jackson recorded three albums for Arhoolie between 1965 and 1969; this collection contains material from those recordings. Jackson was named a National Heritage Fellow in 1986.

Track Listing

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Diddy Wa Diddy John Jackson 2:45
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Matchbox Blues John Jackson 3:00
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Roll on Buddy John Jackson 2:01
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T. B. Blues John Jackson 2:20
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Guitar Rag John Jackson 2:30
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Railroad Bill John Jackson 2:38
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Waiting for a Train John Jackson 3:05
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Cindy John Jackson 2:10
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Steamboat Whistle John Jackson 2:56
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I'll Step Aside John Jackson 2:40
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John's Guitar Boogie John Jackson 3:11
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Brown Skin Mama John Jackson 3:27
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Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning John Jackson 2:04
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Screaming and Crying John Jackson 2:40
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He's in the Jailhouse Now John Jackson 3:52
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Red Sea Blues John Jackson 3:09
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Kneel at the Cross John Jackson 2:37
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Going Up North John Jackson 2:03
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Lay Down My Old Guitar John Jackson 3:04
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Too Tight John Jackson 2:49
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Just a Closer Walk with Thee John Jackson 3:45
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Deep in the Bottom Blues John Jackson 3:04
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That'll Never Happen No More John Jackson 3:31
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I'm A Bad, Bad Man John Jackson 3:06
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Why I Quit Playing Guitar John Jackson 1:41
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