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Virginia Traditions: Tidewater Blues

Various Artists
Virginia Traditions: Tidewater Blues

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.

Track Listing

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

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