Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
The Folkways Years, 1944-1963
Atlanta Twelve String
Rhiannon Giddens

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Piedmont Blues refers to a regional substyle characteristic of black musicians of the southeastern United States. Geographically, the Piedmont means the foothills of the Appalachians west of the tidewater region and Atlantic coastal plain stretching roughly from Richmond, VA, to Atlanta, GA. Musically, Piedmont blues describes the shared style of musicians from Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia, as well as others from as far afield as Florida, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. It refers to a wide assortment of aesthetic values, performance techniques, and shared repertoire rooted in common geographical, historical, and sociological circumstances; to put it more simply, Piedmont blues means a constellation of musical preferences typical of the Piedmont region. The Piedmont guitar style employs a complex fingerpicking method in which a regular, alternating-thumb bass pattern supports a melody on treble strings. The guitar style is highly syncopated and connects closely with an earlier string-band tradition, integrating ragtime, blues, and country dance songs. It's excellent party music with a full, rock-solid sound.

Piedmont Blues Artists Highlights

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Sonny Terry & Brownie ...
Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens
Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson
Josh White
Josh White
Brownie McGhee
Brownie McGhee
John Jackson
John Jackson

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Piedmont Blues Album Highlights

The Folkways Years, 1944-1963
Sonny Terry
The Folkways Years, ...
Atlanta Twelve String
Blind Willie McTell
Atlanta Twelve String
Freedom Highway
Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
In His Prime (1927-1928)
Furry Lewis
In His Prime (1927-1928)
Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker
Blind Blake
Ragtime Guitar's Foremost ...
Truckin' My Blues Away
Blind Boy Fuller
Truckin' My Blues Away

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Piedmont Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Callin' My Mama Sonny Terry
Birmingham Sunday Rhiannon Giddens
Twelve Gates to the City Rev. Gary Davis
West Coast Blues Blind Blake
Rag Mama Rag Blind Boy Fuller
Mr. Johnson's Blues Lonnie Johnson
John Henry Furry Lewis
That Will Never Happen No More Blind Willie McTell
Trouble in Mind Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
The Titanic Pink Anderson

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