Phil Wiggins joins me on episode 41.
Phil was one half of one of the best known blues duos around, Cephas and Wiggins, playing with John Cephas for over thirty years. They progressed from their early recordings in Germany to go on to tour the world, and even played at the White House to the Clintons. They played in the Piedmont blues style, Phil being one of its rare masters on harmonica, picked up from the guitar players who developed this approach.
A native of Washington D.C., Phil wrote a book about the blues scene in the city, and went on to use his music to steer some of the troubled youth of the city onto a better path.
Since John Cephas passed in 2009, Phil has continued his musical career by playing with various artists. Always sticking to his philosophy to play music for people to dance to.
Washington DC blues scene book:
Music & conversation with Joe Filisko and Eric Norden:
National Folk Festival 2020:
With Ben Hunter:
Chesapeake Sheiks: Struttin’ With Some Barbeque
Also check out the Spotify Playlist, which contains many of the songs discussed in the podcast: