Personalities | Cephas & Wiggins | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1978–present)

The W.C. Handy Award-winning duo patterned itself after Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Guitarist John ‘Bowling Green’ Cephas (b. 1930) and ‘Harmonica’ Phil Wiggins (b. 1954) met at a jam session in Washington, DC and began performing together in 1978. They toured the globe on a US State Department tour and recorded throughout the 1980s, while their most recent recordings for the Alligator label are 1996’s Cool Down, 1999’s Homemade and 2003’s Somebody Told The Truth. They remain the leading exponents of the Piedmont blues style.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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