Sunday, December 28, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Cephas & Wiggins
Song:No Lovin' Baby Now
Album:From Richmond To Atlanta
The acoustic blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins have been performing together since the 80s. The most interesting thing about them is their age difference. Guitarist John Cephas was born Sept. 4, 1930 in Washington, DC and raised in Bowling Green, VA. Harmonica player Phil Wiggins was born May 8, 1954 in Washington, DC. What they have in common is the influence of the Piedmont blues style of Virginia popularized by artists like Blind Boy Fuller. The two met at a 1977 jam session and both were members of Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis' Barrelhouse Rockers. After Ellis died, Cephas & Wiggins started working together and have been together ever since. They first recorded in 1984 and signed with Flying Fish Records in 1986 and won a W.C. Handy Award for their 1986 album Dog Days Of August. This Bullseye Blues comp takes material from the three Flying Fish albums though No Lovin' Baby Now appears to be previously unreleased. Cephas & Wiggins also recorded several CDs for Alligator Records but their latest CD Richmond Blues was released in July 2008 by Smithsonian/Folkways. Fans of acoustic blues should check out Cephas & Wiggins. Here's Cephas & Wiggins performing Good Morning Little Schoolgirl at the 2007 Smithsonian Folk Festival.