Thursday, October 13, 2005

Piedmont Blues

Those of you that caught Cephas and Wiggins at the National Folk Festival this past weekend heard an excellent example of the Piedmont Blues. If you didn't make it, give a listen to "Dog Days of August", which I posted the other day. The Piedmont Blues differ from the Delta Blues in many ways. Most notable is the guitar work. While the Delta Blues guitarists rely on single string progressions, the Piedmont Blues style uses more of a finger picking style.

One of the early practitioners of the Piedmont style was Luther Mayer, known as "Captain Luke". Born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1926 and now living in Winston-Salem, Mayer is still performing. Give a listen, I think you'll like what you hear.

Captain Luke
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