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Cool Down
Cephas & Wiggins
Cool Down
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop
 
It is convenient to describe the guitar and harmonica duo of "Bowling Green" John Cephas and Phil Wiggins as a latter-day version of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. But they are far more than that, as you'll quickly discove...  more »

      
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All Artists: Cephas & Wiggins
Title: Cool Down
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alligator Records
Release Date: 1/31/1996
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Delta Blues, Regional Blues, East Coast Blues, Acoustic Blues, Modern Blues, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014551483823, 014551483823

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It is convenient to describe the guitar and harmonica duo of "Bowling Green" John Cephas and Phil Wiggins as a latter-day version of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. But they are far more than that, as you'll quickly discover in their fine release Cool Down. Steeped in the Piedmont blues tradition of artists like Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Blake, their music oozes with the kind of authenticity many artists would sell their souls for. This release offers a tour de force of original songs and traditional ballads that will roll through your mind for years to come. For playful front-porch blues there's the churning rhythm of "Action Man" and the dual vocals of "Blues Will Do Your Heart Good." And for blues on the darker side, John Cephas's vocals are at their most bittersweet portraying the "Man Without a Future." The Wiggins-penned "Cool Down" is a heartrending plea against street violence and shows that the duo can effectively focus their talents on contemporary themes as well. --Ken Hohman

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Harmonica and Guitar Masters
Jake D. James | Washington, DC | 07/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cephas and Wiggins are masters of the oldest form of blues, the melodic Piedmont acoustic style that has stylistic links to the black string bands of Colonial America. Here Cephas' resonate vocals and guitar licks are echoed by Wiggins' harmonica pyrotechnics in a program of originals and well-selected older gems. One of their better CDs."