Piedmont blues specialists john cephas guitar and phil wiggins harmonica are two of a handful of blues musicians whove benefited from the renewed interest in acoustic music in recent years. John cephas and phil wiggins are the bestknown acoustic blues duo in the world and torchbearers for the east coast piedmont blues tradition. In 1977 he formed a duo with harmonica player phil wiggins, a partnership that lasted many years and carried the two men on tour around the world many times. John cephas and phil wiggins were one of the most highly praised and welltraveled duos in all of blues music and specifically the piedmont style native to the american midatlantic region. The sherman holmes project with brooks long and phil wiggins. The duo of acoustic guitarist john cephas and harpist phil wiggins enjoyed a partnership spanning several decades, during which time they emerged among contemporary musics most visible exponents of the piedmont blues tradition. His father was a baptist minister, and he started singing in church. John cephas born 4th september, 1930, in washington, d. Check out bluesmen by john cephas and phil wiggins on amazon music.
Sweet bitter blues by john cephas phil wiggins on amazon. Since the death of john cephas, phil wiggins has continued to play, partnering with corey harris, rick franklin, jerron paxton, and other prominent musicians. John passed away in early 2009 after a short illness at. Cephas has been praised by the new york times and other important media as one of the outstanding expone. Genre blues year of publication 2014 label bellaphon geschwindigkeit 33 umin vinyl size lp 12 inch record grading mint m sleeve grading mint m artikelart lp ean. All royaltyfree licenses include global use rights, comprehensive protection. Free customizable online radio with unlimited skips. Along with pianist wilber big chief ellis and bassist james bellamy, john and phil formed the barrelhouse rockers. No one living captures what made the early delta blues artists like muddy water so appealing and rewarding to our souls as well as cephas and wiggins. In 2008, cephas and wiggins released their th and final album, richmond blues on the folkways label. The show is an exploration of traditional blues spanning the 1920s through the 1970s. Join facebook to connect with phil wiggins and others you may know. Through voice and guitar he commandingly brings the songs of blind blake, furry lewis, and blind boy fuller into the present. May 07, 2009 the singer and guitarist john cephas, who has died aged 78, emerged on the blues scene in the mid1970s.
John cephas, right, on guitar and phil wiggins on harmonica in 2007. John cephas and phil wiggins were always playing at the folklife festival and things like that. Handy award, and in 1989 cephas received the national heritage award from the national endowment for the arts. Their music is sunshine flashing off wet mountain foliage at the break of dawn. Austin city limits opens up video archives for free during covid19 pandemic. Download the attached rules and enter by friday may 15, 2020. Cephas and the other original apostles you know, the guys that actually hung out with jesus on a daily basis back in the gospels were based mainly in jerusalem. Cephas is even more wondrous here than on the washingtonians earlier album. John cephas, guitarist with the duo cephas and wiggins.
Big road blues radio airs on sundays 5 to 7 pm est on wgmc jazz90. Washington, dcs homemade blues depicts the life and times of harmonica player phil wiggins and the unique, vibrant music scene around him, as described by music journalist frank matheis. Bluesmen by john cephas, phil wiggins, released 08 december 1992 1. Download premium images you cant get anywhere else. John cephas, phil wiggins sweet bitter blues music. Wiggins turns in a winning, work manly performance. Stream adfree or purchase cds and mp3s now on amazon.
Phil wiggins and mark puryear play the midnight special youtube. At its core, the dcarea acoustic down home blues scene was and is rooted in the african american community. Mother scott, flora molton, chief ellis, archie edwards, john jackson, john cephas, and foremost phil wiggins. American blues musicians phil wiggins and john cephas, who. In this concert sherman holmes and brooks long are joined by the great blues harmonica player phil wiggins. My mother used to go to church, he said, and she would have us up in church singing. Download torrent john cephas fast and easy torrent search.
John cephas and phil wiggins are two musicians from different generations who have played piedmont blues together for 25 years. Tidewater virginia blues musicians guitarist john cephas and harmonica player phil wiggins play a version of richmond blues circa 1989. John cephas and phil wiggins bluesmenbluesemail protected rogercch33t. Wiggins, a native of washington, dc, spent most of his career playing as a duo with the late john cephas. Since the death of guitarist and singer john cephas in 2009, phil has brought his harmonica wizardry to. Mar 05, 2009 john cephas and phil wiggins were one of the most highly praised and welltraveled duos in all of blues music and specifically the piedmont style native to the american midatlantic region. John cephas and phil wiggins richmond blues youtube. Bluesmen, by john cephas, phil wiggins chesky records. In richmond blues, guitaristsinger john cephas and his harmonicaplayer partner phil wiggins personify the centuryold blues sound of the piedmont, the. John cephas was born in 1930 in the foggy bottom area of washington, d. They first met at a jam session at the smithsonians festival of american folklife in 1975 or. Richmond blues nls music notes library of congress blogs. A dedicated group of musicians saw it as their mission to carry on their respective piedmont musical traditions.
Bluesmen by john cephas and phil wiggins on amazon music. Phil wiggins and mark puryear play the midnight special. The infectious piedmont blues of bowling green john cephas left and harmonica phil wiggins right at the smithsonian institutions 1988 festival of american folklife is one of the many highlights of the season premiere of smithsonian world. Stream ad free or purchase cds and mp3s now on amazon. Though paul calls this fellow christian cephas, hes probably better known to us as peter. Phil wiggins and friends acoustic blues and dance from. This account has reached the download cap, additional downloads. Phil wiggins artful harmonica work matches john cephas raspy, struggling but altogether genuine vocal style perfectly. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. His 32year partnership with the younger harmonica player. Cephas was a guitarist and singer who kept the piedmont blues style alive as part of the duo cephas and wiggins. American blues musicians phil wiggins and john cephas, who perform. John cephas, a guitarist and singer who kept the piedmont blues style alive as part of the duo cephas and wiggins, died on wednesday at his home in. One of their many albums, dog days of august, won the 1987 w.
John cephas was the most amiable guitar teacher i ever studied with, always willing to sit down and teach me a song whenever i requested. Updated regularly with playlists, show notes and blues articles. Johns accomplished fingerpicking was complimented by phils richtoned chording when his harp was backing up, and his inventive solo lines lent a special magic to their work. Sep 14, 2012 john cephas was the most amiable guitar teacher i ever studied with, always willing to sit down and teach me a song whenever i requested. Featuring wigginss story, but including information on many musicians, the volume presents an incomparable documentary of the african american blues scene in washington, dc, from 1975 to. Cephas, who was 24 years older than wiggins, grew up in bowling green. The singer and guitarist john cephas, who has died aged 78, emerged on the blues scene in the mid1970s. Cephas in galatians, philippians, and philemon shmoop. American blues musicians john cephas and phil wiggins perform onstage at the chicago blues.846 311 1366 1293 128 98 897 379 1477 48 342 627 673 536 1443 194 1205 178 204 970 582 1389 387 516 463 1389 120 322 861 609 451 15 508 134 410 849 642 643 683 922 988