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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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  • Cephas and Wiggins - Shoulder to Shoulder - Full Album

    51:21

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  • 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.

  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Dog Days of August Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2003

    4:57

    The Piedmont blues is a type of blues music distinguished by a unique finger-picking method on the guitar. The genre was born in the Piedmont area on the East Coast of the United States, 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 first met at the Smithsonian in 1977. Twenty-six years later, they performed Dog days of August at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

    The song is featured on their 2008 Smithsonian Folkways album, 'Richmond Blues,' available on CD and digital.

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    In Richmond Blues, guitarist-singer John Cephas and his harmonica-player partner Phil Wiggins personify the century-old blues sound of the Piedmont, the Appalachian foothills running from Richmond to Atlanta. Drawing from roots of ragtime, ballads, country, old-time string band, rhythm and blues, and more, Richmond Blues is a musical roadmap of the Virginia Piedmont tradition. While Cephas calls it part of my heritage, part of my soul, their sound is at the same time distinctly modern, a kind of urban acoustic blues. This recording is part of the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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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
    5
    6 Roberta
    7 Brownsville
    8 Emcee

  • Cephas & Wiggins Bluesman - Full Album

    1:11:12

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  • Cephas & Wiggins - John Henry

    6:11

    The ballad of John Henry done by John Cephas & Phil Wiggins on their album, Cephas and Wiggins - Masters of the Piedmont Blues. Although for years John Henry was looked upon as a Tall Tale, several historians now believe that there was such a person. He was believed to have worked in W.Va. near the Greenbrier River's Big Bend. Other feel he lived in Alabama. No matter what, thousands of men died building our railroad. Many of them were convicts who had done nothing wrong except walk into town on the wrong day. It was cheap labor after the Civil War and open season on the black male population.

  • Phil Wiggens & John Cephas: Roberta

    5:35

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

  • Cephas and Wiggins - John Henry

    5:43

    From the album Richmond Blues

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  • John Cephas And Phil Wiggins - Staggerlee

    5:03

    Enjoy!

  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Banks of the River

    2:49

  • 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.

  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins - Baby, What You Want Me To Do, Walking Blues .mp4

    8:19

    que 2 bluesmen mas autenticos

  • Bowling Green John Cephas & Phil Wiggins - National Down Home Blues Fest - Atlanta, Georgia

    3:28

    Moonshadow Saloon, Atlanta.

  • 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

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

    4:19

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

    More blues harmonica stuff here:

  • John Cephas Guitar Blues Lesson Black Rat Swing

    2:37

    CLICK LINK HERE TO SEE ALL
    John Cephas Guitar Blues Lesson how to Play guitar songs Black Rat Swing, and many More.

  • 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,

  • 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

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  • John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, NC Symphony

    3:00

    Blue Skies/Red Earth show, 2006

  • Cephas and Wiggins - Railroad Bill

    5:10

  • Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins - Worried Man Blues

    6:37

    Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins - Worried Man Blues (AFBF '82)
    rec. November 24, 1982 at Siegerlandhalle, Siegen, Germany; Bowling Green John Cephas, voc, g; Harmonica Phil Wiggins, hca
    ... this recording first published and taken from Lippmann + Rau DLP 42.052 (Germany 1983) American Folk Blues Festival - Blues Live '82 --- never re-released on CD!

    source of John Cephas & Phil Wiggins photos: Inner gatefold of L+R 42.052; photographer: Axel Küstner

    American Folk Blues Festival discography at
    Lippmann + Rau Records discography at

  • Cephas & Wiggins, Blue Day Blues

    3:17

    Mr. John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, can be found on their album Flip, Flop, & Fly.

  • John Cephas teaching the licks and runs of the song walking Blues

    8:09

    CLICK LINK HERE TO SEE ALL John Cephas teaching the licks and runs of the some walking Blues. This is a sample of one of his lessons from the new Guitar Workshop Magazine iPad App, found in the Apple itunes store in the Newsstand Magazine store. Go to Apple iTunes, click on more button and then the Newsstand, then search for the Guitar Workshop Magazine en subscribe to get the lessons.

  • Bowling Green John Cephas and Phil Wiggins- Black Rat Swing_Cover

    3:53

    A beautiful Piedmont Blues style song.

  • PHIL WIGGENS & JOHN CEPHAS - ROBERTA

    5:44

    PHIL WIGGENS & JOHN CEPHAS - Live at the Brass Monkey Blues Festival

    Cephas & Wiggins were an American acoustic blues duo, composed of the guitarist John Cephas (September 4, 1930 – March 4, 2009) and the harmonica player Phil Wiggins (born May 8, 1954). They were known for playing Piedmont blues.

    Both musicians were born in Washington D.C. Cephas, who was 24 years older than Wiggins, grew up in Bowling Green, Virginia. They first met at a jam session at the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife in 1976 and played together in Wilbert Big Chief Ellis's band. When Ellis died, they decided to continue as a duo.

    In 1980, Cephas & Wiggins were recorded by the German archivists Siegfried Christmann and Axel Kustner. These recordings, their first as a duo, were released the following year as a part of the Living Country Blues USA series on the German label L+R. They also appeared around Washington, D.C., with the Travelling Blues Workshop, which included John Jackson, Archie Edwards, Flora Molton, and Mother Scott.

    Their first U.S. release, the album Dog Days of August, was issued by Flying Fish Records in 1986. Two more albums followed from Flying Fish. After they left the label, they released one album for the New York–based Chesky Records and four albums for Alligator Records. They released the album Richmond Blues on Folkways Records in 2008.

    Until the late 1980s, Cephas made his primary living from carpentry, playing music on the side. In the 1990s, he became a professional musician, sometimes earning money by teaching classes and workshops.

    As a duo, they toured extensively, primarily courtesy of the sponsorship of the United States Department of State. They performed together across the USA, as well as in Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and the Soviet Union.

    Cephas was a recipient of a 1989 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. In 2017, Wiggins received a National Heritage Fellowship as well.

    Cephas died of natural causes (pulmonary fibrosis) on March 4, 2009. He was 78. He is buried at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia.

  • Bowling Green, John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins-Louise

    4:09

    Bowling Green, John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins-Louise

  • Phil Wiggins on Uncovered from the Vault

    1:11:09

    Phil Wiggins joins Interim Director of the Virginia Folklife Program Pat Jarrett to watch and discuss the 2008 Andy Garrigue film of the last-ever concert that Phil performed with John Cephas at Ashland Coffee and Tea in November of 2008.

  • Cephas & Wiggins - Black Rat Swing

    3:35

    A Cephas & Wiggins classic that never got the accolades it deserved but it's appreciated here.
    RIP John Cephas. You are greatly missed.

  • 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.

  • John Cephas & Phil Wiggins-Reno Factory

    3:57

    John Cephas & Phil Wiggins-Reno Factory

  • Black Rat Swing

    3:36

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Black Rat Swing · Cephas & Wiggins · John Cephas · Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Cephas & Wiggins at 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    5:27

    John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Piedmont Blues duo extraordinaire, do what they do best, in addition to explaining the musical difference between Piedmont and Delta style Blues. They then perform I Got the Key to that Highway.

    John Cephas, Bowling Green,
    Caroline County, Virginia
    Although he was born in Washington, D.C., John Cephas's family hails from the Piedmont
    region, where he now lives. He has been one of the major proponents of the Piedmont-style blues guitar, and he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 1989.

    Phil Wiggins,
    Takoma Park, Montgomery
    County, Maryland
    John Cephas and Phil Wiggins met at the 1977 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and have been playing together ever since. Wiggin's harmonica complements Cephas' powerful guitar. Together, the duo has performed throughout Europe and the United States.
    They have released nine CDs.

  • Black Rat Swing

    5:03

    Provided to YouTube by Zebralution GmbH

    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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  • Guitar Lesson Blues John Cephas Plays Richmond Blues

    3:46

    CLICK LINK HERE TO SEE ALL John Cephas teaching the licks and runs of the some walking Blues. This is a sample of one of his lessons from the new Guitar Workshop Magazine iPad App, found in the Apple itunes store in the Newsstand Magazine store. Go to Apple iTunes, click on more button and then the Newsstand, then search for the Guitar Workshop Magazine en subscribe to get the lessons.

  • Phil Wiggins, National Folk Festival 2020 Virtual Celebration

    25:23

    Phil Wiggins, a Piedmont blues artist and harmonica player out of Takoma Park, Maryland, performs at the National Folk Festival 2020 Virtual Celebration—including a bonus song not previously aired! This performance was made possible, in part, with support from the National Park Service and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.

  • 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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  • 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!

  • John Cephas-Hard Time Killing Floor

    6:09

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  • John Cephas -Walking Blues

    5:26

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  • Careless Love

    5:51

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Careless Love · John Cephas and Phil Wiggins

    Richmond Blues

    ℗ 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2008-07-29

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  • Eyesight To The Blind

    4:13

    Provided to YouTube by Zebralution GmbH

    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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  • Cephas & Wiggins - Special Rider Blues

    5:34

    John Cephas, vocals & guitar;
    Phil Wiggins, vocals & harmonica,
    Djimo Kouyate, kora;
    Eddie Pennington, guitar;
    Skip Wiggins, bass.
    from Cool Down 1996

  • John Cephas playing Stagolee

    8:46

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  • Running and Hiding

    5:28

    Running and Hiding (Live) · Bowling Green John Cephas & Harmonica Phil Wiggins

    Sweet Bitter Blues

    ℗ 1983 L+R Records GmbH

    Released on: 1994-07-11

    M U S I C_ P U B L I S H E R: Copyright Control
    C O M P O S E R: Jimmy Reed
    L Y R I C I S T: Jimmy Reed

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  • Richmond Blues

    5:32

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Richmond Blues · 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
    Composer Lyricist: Phil Wiggins

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  • Cephas & Wiggins - Amazing Grace

    2:21

    Cephas & Wiggins singing Amazing Grace from their album Masters of the Piedmont Blues released 2002. It is filled with Piedmont blues. Cracker Barrel put this out in their Heritage series. Enjoy!

  • Devil Got my Woman Blues Guitar with John Cephas the Guitar Workshop http://www.thegtw.com

    6:19

    CLICK LINK HERE TO SEE ALL Play Delta blues Skip James John Cephas Guitar video at the Guitar TV Workshop lessons for beginners to expert free videos
    Devil Got My woman

  • 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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