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Black Top Road - a musical ode to Piedmont blues.

By iancochrane, published on Mar 14, 2013


Jackson was born in 1924 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, one of 14 siblings. They all played, with songs before bedtime mandatory. A young Jackson learned `special licks` from a chain gang kid; a water boy among the 100s of convicts slaving on Black Top Road all the way through Charlottesville and Rappahannock County.

In the 1920s and 30s, travelling bluesman Mississippi John Hurt sought shelter with Jackson’s family when passing through – joining in meals and neighbourly weekend sing-alongs. The songs came from all over, with the group often swelling to 200.All... (more)

Tags: music, virginia, blues, guitar, piedmont blues, backsliders, apollo bay, john jackson, mississippi john hurt, hanoi, dom turner, charlottesville, rappahannock county

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