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Black Top Road - a musical ode to Piedmont blues.

By iancochrane, published on Mar 14, 2013

...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 this was put on hold when Jackson witnessed a country picnic turn violent, denouncing music and... (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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