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    Blues Children: Steer me to some new acoustic blues. #Or old acoustic blues. #I like Guy Davis, Mississipi John, Steve James, some of Clapton (OVER RATED! but pretty good), McKinley Morganfield, Little Walter, Lightning Hopkins and Evan Williams. #Jack
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    OK. There is some new and some old from:

    Cephas and Wiggins

    That's their CD order page and there are hot links in the song listings to a few samples. They play Piedmont Blues and they play it well. I think they may be the best acoustic blues act around.
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    try some Rich DelGroso
    "Mandolins are an Illness" Conrad Deislar

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    Quote Originally Posted by (jessboo @ July 25 2006, 23:11)
    try some Rich DelGroso
    Does he have some acoustic stuff out? I have his latest (Get Your Nose Ot of my Bizness) and I really like it, but I would not classify it as acoustic blues.
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    Arbenhart, thanks for the tip on Cephas and Wiggins. #I sampled some of their songs at Amazon.com. #and will buy one or more - trying on ebay right now.
    #I'm trying to improve my blues IQ and playing. #Right now, learning finger style guitar and it's going pretty good. #I hope to get where I can do a good job on good blues songs playing mando, guitar and harp. The fingerstyle guitar seems to be the next step. #Jack
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    listen to sound clips at Amazon.com...

    Old stuff:
    'Blind Lemon' JEFFERSON
    Huddie 'Leadbelly' LEADBETTER
    Walter 'Brownie' McGHEE
    Robert JOHNSON
    'Son' HOUSE
    Sam 'Lightning' HOPKINS
    Robert 'Barbecue Bob' LINCOLN
    'Blind Willie' McTELL
    Tommy McLENNAN
    Charley PATTON

    Record labels:
    Yazoo
    Document
    Arhoolie

    newer stuff:
    Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
    Chris Thomas King
    Bob Brozman
    Corey Harris
    Chris Whitley
    Roy Bookbinder
    Paul Geremia
    John Hammond
    Chris Smither
    Rory Block
    Doug MacLeod
    Kelly Joe Phelps
    David Kampmann
    Mary Flower
    Mike Dowling
    Steve James
    Scott Ainslie
    Ry Cooder
    Kenny Sultan
    Woody Mann
    Orville Johnson
    Lurrie Bell
    Etta Baker
    Guy Davis
    Louisiana Red
    John Cephas
    Jerry Ricks
    Marc Silber
    Taj Mahal
    Roy Rogers
    Eric Freeman
    Lightnin' Wells

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    If you're into fingerstyle guitar and harp, then I definitely made the right recommendation.

    Also, check out weeniecampbell.com, a good "country blues" web site. It is mostly very old (pre WWII) acoustic blues playing on their juke box, but if you join (free) you will find a bunch of acoustic blues submitted by other members in the "Back Porch" forum and some of it is quite good (and some is well, not ). It's a great learning resource, people share music, lyrics and general info.



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    Kelly Joe Phelps has some excellent acoustic blues based recordings out, Slingshot Professionals has Jesse Zubot on mandolin. Zubot is a first rate musician and is unknown to the point of being invisible it seems; I recommend his duo with Steve Dawson as well (Tractor Parts,Chicken Scratch and Strang)
    John Mooney (speaking of the criminally under rated) did a fun recording with Jimmy Thackery called Sideways in Paradise; all acoustic, lots of mando and 'dola.

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