When Phil Wiggins and I wrote the book “Sweet Bitter Blues – Washington D.C.’s Homemade Blues” (University Press of Mississippi, 2020), we reflected on the acoustic local blues scene during the life and times of Phil Wiggins in his own African American community. At its core, the D.C. area acoustic “down home” blues scene was rooted with a small group of musicians, proud and beloved men and women; Mother Scott, Flora Molton, Chief Ellis, Archie Edwards, John Jackson, John Cephas & Phil Wiggins. The musicians in Washington, D.C., who are no longer with us, have left an important legacy: “Carry on this music. Keep it going.” Our friends and compatriots who are featured on this collection were all connected in some way to the elders. As you will hear, they carry on the Piedmont tradition and related acoustic roots music with passion, love and reverence. Thanks to all contributors

                                                                            - Frank Matheis, New York 2019


Carrying On The Legacy
Music by Contemporary Piedmont Blues Musicians



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Eleanor Ellis
- Trouble I Once Knew
Phil Wiggins
- Harmonica Rag
Erin Harpe
- Alligator Blues
Neil Harpe
- Winnie the Wailer
Rick Franklin & Tom Mindte
- You Can’t Get That Stuff No More<
Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo
- C.C. Rider
Mike Baytop & Jay Summerour
- Standing on the Landing
Tillamook Burn
- Roberta
M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio
- Going to the River
Neil Harpe
- Who’s Been Here?
Erin Harpe
- You Gonna Quit Me Baby
Warner Williams & Jay Summerour
- I Got the Blues so Bad
Franklin & Baytop
- One Way Gal
Phil Wiggins & The Chesapeake Sheiks
- Struttin’ with Some Barbecue
Lauren Sheehan with Phil Wiggins
- Weepin’ Willow Blues
Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo
- Trouble I’ve Had it All My Days M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio
- Grinnin’ in Your Face
Warner Williams & Jay Summerour
- I Ain’t Gonna Pick No More Cottonn
Eleanor Ellis & Neil Harpe
- What’s the Matter with the Mill Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down