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Richmond Blues

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Richmond Blues
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Going to the River
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Black Rat Swing
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Mamie
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Crow Jane
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Dog Days of August
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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John Henry
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Pigmeat Crave
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Prison Bound Blues
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Key to the Highway
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Careless Love
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Great Change
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Reno Factory
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Step It Up and Go
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 65:31

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Richmond Blues

Bless93

Cephas and Wiggins are outstanding. Seen them live years ago, back in 1981. At the Hudson River Revial. They were wonderful then and still are. Phil Wiggins is by far one of the best harp players of our time.

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MontysDriver

If you like some harmonica, good pickin' and good vocals... this is some nice upbeat traditional blues.

They Say All Music Guide

Guitarist and singer John Cephas and harmonica player (and songwriter) Phil Wiggins have been playing together as an acoustic duo since they met in 1976, releasing their first recording in 1981, and throughout that long association they have been faithful to the Virginia Piedmont blues tradition, a tradition that owes more to the local Appalachian foothills than it does to the Mississippi Delta. A gentle mesh of ragtime, gospel, and string band reels, with traces of pop, country, and R&B as well, the Piedmont version of the blues is as easy to recognize as it is hard to accurately define. It is, in a nutshell, the folk music of Appalachian blacks from two generations ago, and this duo’s mission has been to preserve and represent it. Richmond Blues is fairly typical of how Cephas & Wiggins have done that since they joined forces, and it is an easy flowing listen, steady as an Appalachian breeze, with no jarring moments. Among the high points are a gently pulsing take on the folk nugget “John Henry,” a moving version of “Careless Love” (the perfect example of how a non-blues ballad with blues themes ends up being a blues song when all is sung and done), a solid “Going to the River” (originally recorded by Fats Domino in 1952), and Wiggins’ own composition, “Dog Days of August.” There’s nothing new or revelatory about anything here. It’s just Cephas & Wiggins doing what they’ve always done, sticking to their roots, and that’s a good thing, and undeniably affirming and pleasant. – Steve Leggett

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