Rappahannock Blues

Rappahannock Blues

by John Jackson


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Rappahannock Blues

Appalachian guitarist, banjo player, and singer John Jackson, who died in 2002, was a bona fide American treasure whose recorded work and live performances were amazingly consistent and refreshingly real and unadorned. He was a fine guitarist in several styles -- he could fingerpick in the Piedmont style, then pick up a slide and go Delta -- and his claw-hammer banjo style bubbled with joy, while his singing was strong, warm, and always appropriate to whatever song he was doing. This set is drawn from live performances Jackson did between the mid-'70s and the late '90s, and it focuses on the blues end of his repertoire with solid and refreshing versions of blues pieces like "Rocks and Gravel" and "Frankie and Johnny," as well as a gorgeous slide guitar take on the traditional "John Henry." He also tackles a rag with "John Jackson's Breakdown," and pulls out the banjo for the string band reel "Cindy," making this a fine introduction to a remarkably gifted folk musician.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074018125
catalogNumber: 740181
Rank: 130126

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John H. Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Blind Boy Fuller   Composer
Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
John H. Jackson   Arranger,Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Blind Blake   Composer
Bill Jackson   Composer
Kenneth S. Morris   Composer
Jeff Place   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Barry Lee Pearson   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Sonya Cohen Cramer   Art Direction,Layout
Margot Nassau   Licensing
Bill Jackson   Composer
Daniel E. Sheehy   Executive Producer
Michael G. Stewart   Tray Photo
Douglas Bell   Inside Photo
Tom Pich   Cover Photo

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