V.A. - Classic Piedmont Blues from Smithsonian Folkways (2017)
With a selection of indelible recordings made over 70 years, Classic Piedmont Blues captures the essence of this fascinating blues tradition. Originating in the foothills of Southern Appalachia, the Piedmont blues served as a breeding ground for cross-pollination between traditions: rural and urban, black and white, country and coastal. Swept up on the tide of the Great Migration, it was carried from the Carolinas and Virginia, north and east through Maryland and Washington, D.C., to New York City and back again. Featuring influential artists like John Jackson, Cephas & Wiggins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and many others, this collection offers an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style. 64 minutes, 36-page booklet with extensive notes. The 21-track set was compiled from the vast archives of Smithsonian Folkways and annotated by music historian Barry Lee Pearson. Pearson, a professor at the University of Maryland, previously produced three other titles in the Classic Series: Classic African American Songsters, Classic Harmonica Blues, and Classic American Ballads. As with every compilation in the Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series, Classic Piedmont Blues explores the breadth and depth of a genre with incredible and unforgettable music. It also includes liner notes that offer insight into the cultural and historical contexts of each selection. During the last 10 years, Smithsonian Folkways has released Classic compilations of ballads, blues, children’s music, old-time fiddle, and protest songs, among others.
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