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Mar
09

“Bowling Green” John Cephas (1930 – 2009)

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Taylor mailed me this catalog in 1997. They sure know how to photograph wood!

Mr. Cephas, a Virginian, played the Piedmont blues, an old East Coast style of finger picking, where the thumb plays the rhythm, the fingers take the melody and the syncopation is irresistible.

Ry Cooder : It’s sweetness matched with swing. “It happens when you get this rolling thing going,” Mr. Cooder said. “People feel comfortable. They like to hear the thumb-and-finger, thumb-and-finger. It’s buoyant. It suggests happiness, that all is well. Life is good, for a time. But only for a time. Why do you think they invented bars with music?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h_h-ytEhx8

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