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Playlist of John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

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  • Living Country Blues Vol.1 - Bowling Green John & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    44:21





    Vinyl Releasedate: 2014 Okt 31

    Artist: Bowling Green John & Harmonica Phil Wiggins
    Title: Living Country Blues USA Vol.1

    Kat.Nr.: LR713116
    Format: 12 Vinyl
    Label: L+R Records
    EAN: 4003099713116


    Introducing Bowling Green John & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    What is so remarkable about the duo is their intensive commitment to the black Blues and Gospel tradition — without diminishing the quality or spontaneity of their performances.

    By hearing John Cerpas with his guitar one quickly gets impressed by the power of his playing. Deeply rooted in the so-called “Piedmont” Blues tradition of the East Coast, ragtime influence and complex rhythms produce a strong emphasis on melody — much in contrast to the harsh Mississippi Blues with its hard beat and drive.

    When recording this album Phil Wiggins was 26 years old and despite his young age he already could be rated as one of the top Blues harp players.
    Influences include Hammie Nixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Shakey Hotton. He played alongside Flora Molton, Archie Edwards, Big Chief Ellis, the late Esther Mae “Mother” Scott and John Jackson as well as jamming with such well known Blues veterans as Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Shines and Louisiana Red — shaping his technique to perfection, be it in the Country Blues or with amplified harp in the best Chicago tradition.

    Living Country Blues USA is a series of albums on L+R Records. The material was collected by German Blues experts Siegfried A. Christmann and Axel Küstner on an extended trip thru the south of the USA in the fall of 1980, in the form of so-called Field-Recordings — recordings made in the natural surroundings of the artists and not in the studio. Travelling 10.000 miles (16.000 km) by car in 2 1/2 months, they used 180.000 feet (54 km) of tape and took hundreds of photographs to document various aspects of Country Blues, as well as work songs, fife and drum band music, field hollers and rural Gospel music, performed by 35 artists, some of whom appear on record for the first time.

    Side 1

    01 Black Rat Swing 5’00
    02 Eyesight To The Blind 4’10
    03 Guitar & Harmonica Rag 3’09
    O4 Rising River Blues 3’57
    O5 I´m A Pilgrim 3’00
    06 Chicken Can´t Roost Too High For Me 2’38

    Side2

    01 I Ain´t Got No Lovin´ Baby Now 4’48
    02 West Carey Street Blues 5’35
    03 Richmond Blues 3’15
    04 Pony Blues 4’06
    05 Goin´ Down The Road Feelin´ Bad 4’04

    Format:
    180 gr Vinyl + MP3 Download

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  • Phil Wiggens & John Cephas: Roberta

    5:35

    An excerpt from the Brass Monkey Blues Festival taped June, 1984.

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  • Cephas and Wiggins - Shoulder to Shoulder - Full Album

    51:21

  • Cephas & Wiggins Bluesman - Full Album

    1:11:12

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins discuss the Piedmont blues style

    4:57

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    The Piedmont blues is a type of blues music distinguished by a unique finger-picking method on the guitar. The Piedmont blues was born in the Piedmont area on the East Coast of the USA, which stretches from about Richmond, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia. Yet Piedmont blues musicians come from surrounding areas as well, such as Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Renowned Piedmont blues musicians John Cephas and Phil Wiggins met at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the late 1970s and have been playing Piedmont blues together ever since. Here they discuss the origins of the East Coast Piedmont blues and showcase their style.

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  • American Folk Blues Festival 1982 - John Cephas and Harmonica Phil Wiggins - Last Fair Deal

    4:20

    Phil Harmonica Wiggins - vocals, harmonica
    John Bowling Green Cephas - guitar
    Recorded 1982

    More blues harmonica stuff here:

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  • Dog Days of August - John Cephas & Phil WIggins

    5:14

    Dog Days of August - John Cephas & Phil WIggins

  • Phil Wiggins

    2:27

    Blues Harmonica Giant Phil Wiggins, during a Virginia Folklife Program recordings session with legendary West Virginia blues songster Nat Reese. For many years, Phil partnered with the late Piedmont blues master John Cephas. Cephas and Wiggins was one of the finest traditional blues duos and toured throughout the world.

  • Cephas and Wiggins - John Henry

    5:43

    From the album Richmond Blues

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Nightstage, Cambridge MA, 1988

    46:12

    1 Instrumental
    2 Reno Factory
    3 Sweet Bitter Blues
    4
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    6 Roberta
    7 Brownsville
    8 Emcee

  • Rare live recording Roberta with John Cephas & Phil Wiggins in Germany 1995

    4:26

    Rare recording with with John Cephas & Phil Wiggins live 1995 in Germany. Great concert with these two masters of the acoustic blues with their melancholic blues song Roberta.

    John was one of the leading exponents of the Piedmont Blues.
    More songs will come later.....

    Check out my other unique blues recordings and movies of true musicians!

  • Cephas & Wiggins - Illinois Blues

    3:40

    Homemade
    Piedmont blues specialists Cephas & Wiggins continue their engaging chemistry on Homemade (Alligator 4863; 49:28). With Bowling Green John Cephas on acoustic guitar and Phil Wiggins on harmonica and both sharing vocal duties, the two conjure up memories of the late, great team of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, with nods to Blind Boy Fuller, Rev. Gary Davis, Memphis Minnie, and Skip James along the way.

  • Cephas & Wiggins - Walking Mama

    3:18

    Cephas & Wiggins
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Cephas & Wiggins was an American acoustic blues duo composed of guitarist John Cephas (September 4, 1930[1] -- March 4, 2009[2]) and harmonica player Phil Wiggins (born May 8, 1954).[3] They were known for traditional blues style known as the Piedmont blues.
    Contents [hide]
    1 History
    2 Discography
    2.1 Albums
    2.2 Compilation albums
    3 External links
    4 References
    [edit]History

    Both musicians were born in Washington D.C., although Cephas was older by some 25 years. They first met at a jam session at the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife in 1975 or 1976, and played together in Wilbert Big Chief Ellis's band.[4] When Ellis died, they decided to continue as a duo.[5]
    In 1980, Cephas & Wiggins were recorded by German archivists Siegfried Christmann and Axel Kustner.[6] These recordings were their first as a duo and they were released the following year on as a part of Living Country Blues USA series on German label L+R.[7]
    In 1986, Cephas & Wiggins released Dog Days of August, their first U.S. release on Flying Fish Records. In 1989, Cephas was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship.
    Two more albums followed from Flying Fish. After they left the label, they released one album from New York-based Chesky Records, and four from Alligator Records.
    Cephas died of natural causes on March 4, 2009. He was 78.[8] The duo had released Richmond Blues on Folkways Records in 2008.
    [edit]Discography

    [edit]Albums
    1981 Living Country Blues USA Vol. 1 (L+R)
    1984 Sweet Bitter Blues (L+R, reissued by Evidence Records in 1994)
    1985 Let It Roll: Bowling Green (Marimac)
    1986 Dog Days of August (Flying Fish)
    1987 Guitar Man (Flying Fish)
    1988 Walking Blues (Marimac)
    1992 Flip, Flop & Fly (Flying Fish)
    1993 Bluesmen (Chesky)
    1996 Cool Down (Alligator)
    1999 Homemade (Alligator)
    2002 Somebody Told the Truth (Alligator) U.S. Blues #6[9]
    2006 Shoulder to Shoulder (Alligator)
    2008 Richmond Blues (Smithsonian Folkways)
    [edit]Compilation albums
    1998 Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad (Evidence) compilation of L+R materials
    2000 From Richmond to Atlanta (Rounder) compilation of Flying Fish materials
    [edit]External links

    Official website
    Discography at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
    [edit]References

    ^ John Cephas on Allmusic
    ^ John Cephas Dies - Pollstar obituary
    ^ Phil Wiggins on Allmusic
    ^ Cephas & Wiggins on Allmusic
    ^ Liner notes toSweet Bitter Blues
    ^ Liner notes to Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
    ^ L+R Records discography
    ^ Sisario, Ben (7 March 2009). John Cephas, Guitarist With the Duo Cephas and Wiggins, Dies at 78. The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
    ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com

  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Black Rat Swing

    2:46

    Masters of Piedmont blues covering Memphis Minnie's Black Rat Swing.

    From Eleanor Ellis's wonderful documentary Blues House Party. Filmed at the home of John and Cora Jackson.

  • Guitar Man

    5:17

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    Guitar Man · Cephas & Wiggins

    Guitar Man

    ℗ 1989 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1989-01-01

    Producer: Joe Wilson
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer: Pete Reiniger
    Associated Performer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: John Cephas
    Associated Performer, Harmonica: Phil Wiggins
    Composer Lyricist: Phil Wiggins

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  • Black Rat Swing

    5:03

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    Black Rat Swing · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Trad.
    L Y R I C I S T: Trad.

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Baby, What You Want Me To Do , Walking Blues 1999

    8:19

    John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Baby, What You Want Me To Do , Walking Blues 1999

  • Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad

    4:06

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    Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Trad.
    L Y R I C I S T: Trad.

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  • Richmond Blues

    4:00

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    Richmond Blues · John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Dog Days Of August

    5:19

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    Dog Days Of August · Cephas & Wiggins

    Dog Days Of August

    ℗ 1984 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1984-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Larry MacBride
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer: Pete Reiniger
    Producer, Recording Producer: Joe Wilson
    Associated Performer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: John Cephas
    Associated Performer, Harmonica: Phil Wiggins
    Composer Lyricist: John Cephas
    Composer Lyricist: Phil Wiggins

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  • John Chepas & Phil Wiggins

    1:40:30

    John ''Bowling Green'' Chepas (Gt/voc)
    Phil ''Harmonica'' Wiggins (Ha /voc)
    Live in Rome, 1990



    Vocal and instrumental group, Representative exponents of the
    Piedmont Blues.

    John Chepas
    B. September 4, 1930,
    D. March 4, 2009,

  • Flip, Flop And Fly

    3:16

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    Flip, Flop And Fly · Cephas & Wiggins

    Flip, Flop, & Fly

    ℗ 1992 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1992-09-29

    Associated Performer, Vocals, Guitar: John Cephas
    Associated Performer, Background Vocalist, Harmonica: Phil Wiggins
    Associated Performer, Piano: Daryl Davis
    Associated Performer, Clarinet: Don Rouse
    Associated Performer, Percussion: Gil Carter
    Associated Performer, Upright Bass: Jeff Hopper
    Associated Performer, Background Vocalist: Julia Olin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Joe Wilson
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Bruce Loughry
    Studio Personnel, Editor: David Glasser
    Composer Lyricist: Blind Lemon Jefferson

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  • Crow Jane

    3:03

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    Crow Jane · John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Cherry Ball by John Cephas & Phil Wiggins

    5:29

    Cherry Ball by John Cephas & Phil Wiggins from their album Dog Days of August. If you dig this then please support the artists.

    READ THIS-I do not own this music nor am I profiting off it. I just really like it & wanna share it with others hoping they'll like it too.

  • Eyesight To The Blind

    4:13

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    Eyesight To The Blind · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    C O M P O S E R: Rice Miller Williamson
    L Y R I C I S T: Rice Miller Williamson
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Robert Mellin Music Publ. Corp.

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  • Pony Blues

    4:03

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    Pony Blues · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Son House
    L Y R I C I S T: Son House

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  • I Aint Got No Lovin Baby Now

    4:52

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    I Ain't Got No Lovin' Baby Now · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Trad.
    L Y R I C I S T: Trad.

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Banks of the River

    2:49

  • Guitar & Harmonica Rag

    3:12

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    Guitar & Harmonica Rag · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    C O M P O S E R: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    L Y R I C I S T: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition

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  • Richmond Blues

    3:18

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    Richmond Blues · Bowling Green John Cephas

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    C O M P O S E R: Blind Boy Fuller
    L Y R I C I S T: Blind Boy Fuller
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Copyright Control

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  • Key to the Highway

    3:28

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    Key to the Highway · John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Roberta

    4:50

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    Roberta · Cephas & Wiggins

    Dog Days Of August

    ℗ 1984 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1984-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Larry MacBride
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer: Pete Reiniger
    Producer, Recording Producer: Joe Wilson
    Associated Performer, Vocals, Harmonica: Phil Wiggins
    Associated Performer, Background Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar: John Cephas
    Composer Lyricist: Phil Wiggins
    Composer Lyricist: John Cephas

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  • Evil Twin Blues

    3:30

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    Evil Twin Blues · Cephas & Wiggins

    Flip, Flop, & Fly

    ℗ 1992 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1992-09-29

    Associated Performer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: John Cephas
    Associated Performer, Harmonica: Phil Wiggins
    Producer, Recording Producer: Joe Wilson
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Bruce Loughry
    Studio Personnel, Editor: David Glasser
    Composer Lyricist: Phil Wiggins

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  • Rising River Blues

    4:00

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    Rising River Blues · Bowling Green John Cephas

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Trad.
    L Y R I C I S T: Trad.

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  • Sweet Bitter Blues

    6:09

    Sweet Bitter Blues · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Sweet Bitter Blues

    ℗ 1983 L+R Records GmbH

    Released on: 1994-07-11

    C O M P O S E R: John Cephas
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra
    L Y R I C I S T: Otis Williams

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  • Chicken Cant Roost Too High For Me

    2:46

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    Chicken Can't Roost Too High For Me · Bowling Green John Cephas

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Trad.
    L Y R I C I S T: Trad.

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  • PHIL WIGGENS & JOHN CEPHAS - ROBERTA

    5:44

    PHIL WIGGENS & JOHN CEPHAS

    Live at the Brass Monkey Blues Festival.

  • Roberta - A Thousand Miles from Home

    3:27

    Roberta - A Thousand Miles from Home · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Sweet Bitter Blues

    ℗ 1983 L+R Records GmbH

    Released on: 1994-07-11

    C O M P O S E R: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    L Y R I C I S T: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra

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  • Reno Factory

    4:46

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    Reno Factory · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    The Introduction to Living Country Blues USA

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    Music Publisher: Lipra Edition
    Composer: Trad.
    Lyricist: Trad.

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Brass Monkey Blues Festival. 1983

    32:14

    1. Announcer Intro
    2.
    3.
    4. Roberta
    5. Roberta continued
    6.
    7. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    8. Sickbed Blues

  • Bye Bye Baby

    4:33

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    Bye Bye Baby · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    American Folk Blues Festival

    ℗ 1981 by L+R Records GmbH

    Released on: 1991-02-12

    Music Publisher: Lipra
    Composer: P.D./adapted John Cephas/Phil Wiggins
    Lyricist: P.D./adapted John Cephas/Phil Wiggins

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  • Tribute to Skip James

    5:30

    Tribute to Skip James · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Sweet Bitter Blues

    ℗ 1983 L+R Records GmbH

    Released on: 1994-07-11

    C O M P O S E R: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    L Y R I C I S T: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra

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  • Going Down the Road Feeling Bad

    3:37

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    Going Down the Road Feeling Bad · John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Dog Days of August

    4:16

    Dog Days of August · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Sweet Bitter Blues

    ℗ 1983 L+R Records GmbH

    Released on: 1994-07-11

    C O M P O S E R: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    L Y R I C I S T: John Cephas, Phil Wiggins
    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra

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  • Black Cat On The Line

    4:21

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    Black Cat On The Line · Cephas & Wiggins

    Guitar Man

    ℗ 1989 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1989-01-01

    Producer: Joe Wilson
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer: Pete Reiniger
    Associated Performer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: John Cephas
    Associated Performer, Harmonica: Phil Wiggins
    Composer Lyricist: John Cephas

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  • Im A Pilgrim

    3:04

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    I'm A Pilgrim · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 1

    ℗ 1981 L+R Records

    Released on: 2008-02-15

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Lipra Edition
    C O M P O S E R: Trad.
    L Y R I C I S T: Trad.

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  • Great Change

    3:49

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    Great Change · John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Clip From Blues Houseparty - Phil Wiggins, John Cephas, perform

    1:01

    Video Clip from DVD Blues Houseparty - Music, Dance & Stories by Masters of the Piedmont Blues DVD John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Archie Edwards, John Jackson, James Jackson, Cora Jackson, Flora Molton and Larry Wise, John Dee Holman and Quentin 'Fris' Holloway. Produced and Edited by Eleanor Ellis Directed by Jackson Frost. Available from Lyrichord Discs Inc. at ©1986 Eleanor Ellis/DVD ©2005 Multicultural Media

  • John Henry

    5:39

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    John Henry · Cephas & Wiggins · John Cephas · Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, NC Symphony

    3:00

    Blue Skies/Red Earth show, 2006

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