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Black Top Road - a musical ode to Piedmont blues.

By iancochrane, published on Mar 14, 2013

...A rejuvenated Jackson resumed playing publicly and touring the world. An Englishman named Eric Clapton asked Jackson for lessons.

The Piedmont bluesman performed a record 14 times at the renowned Smithsonian Folklife Festival before dying in 2002 – the same year the Backslider album Hanoi appeared.

I return the Hanoi artwork to its plastic cover, fiddling until it’s shut. I tuck the CD back on the shelf. My eyes drift further along to the name of King. There’s a McDowell, McTell, McGee and Rogers. There’s Smith, Sumlin, Thornton, Tilders and Tucker, Waters, Wilson... (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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