are so fortunate that Washington D.C., which boasts one of the
largest and most creative African American communities, has
some of the finest blues musicians in the world. What better
way to commemorate Martin Luther King Day than by presenting
a trio of top notch D.C. musicians whose individual work has
expanded interpretations of the blues nationwide?
Phil Wiggins, renowned harmonica player, gifted songwriter
and singer, was inspired by singing old time hymns at church
in the traditional call and response style with his grandmother
in Alabama, and subsequently apprenticed with Mother Scott (a
contemporary of Bessie Smith). Attracted to the blues harp as
a young man, he began his musical career with some of Washington’s
leading blues artists, including Archie Edwards and John Jackson,
and attributes his style to his years spent accompanying locally
noted slide guitarist and gospel singer Flora Molton.
Phil is accompanied by boogie-woogie piano player, Daryl
Davis, Chuck Berry's East Coast pianist, and blues
guitarist Mark Puryear, who plays traditional
Piedmont and Delta Blues. This is a rare and valuable collaboration:
an absolute must see for all blues aficionados!
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