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Rolfyboy6 Piedmont Blues, at least three flavors (20) Piedmont Blues, at least three flavors 01 Feb 02


The area of the blues about which I know the least is the Piedmont blues. I see the Piedmont label as covering way too much ground. I'm aware of the Atlanta group (Pegleg Howell, Barbeque Bob, Willie McTell, several others) of great players, and of the North Carolina group loosely associated around Durham and Blind Boy Fuller (Fuller, Rev. Gary Davis, Sonny Terry, others), The South Carolina Medicine Show performers (Pink Anderson, Peg Leg Sam, others), and the Variginia/D.C. performers (John Jackson, Big Chief Ellis, Cephas and Wiggins, Archie Edwards, others). In many cases these are just names to me as yet. I sure would like to know more about these folks.

Who was Willie Walker? I see him mentioned as a teacher of Gary Davis and others.

Does anybody know anything about Curley Weaver of Georgia?

I have Blind Boy Fuller songs on several old vinyl compilation albums. What are the Blind Boy Fuller CDs to get now?

What effect did Blind Blake have on the other east coast blues people? Does his style show up in their work?

How much is the smoother old timey style of Piedmont blues related to earlier African-American string band music and earlier Anglo American string band music. Virginia is long settled in comparison to the Yazoo Delta and Central Texas. How much does this contribute stylistically?

Other questions as I think of them. I really look forward to what folks can tell me about this, or give me leads about where to look.


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