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Black Top Road - a musical ode to Piedmont blues.

By iancochrane, published on Mar 14, 2013

...tucking in a Broonzy and dusting off a Burnside.

I grab another, wrong way round, lifting it clear and prying it open until the printed jacket floats to the floor – the cover’s plastic nib broken – the artwork landing with track titles and credits up, along with the scrawl of Dom Turner’s initials in thick black text. Dom is the iconic blues guitarist of Australian group the Backsliders. I kneel and turn to the lyrics of track 5, Black Top Road. The Southern ratchet drawl is that of John Jackson, a Piedmont bluesman. I recall a time when I’d not heard that name.

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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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