Life’s Soundtrack – An Afternoon of Football and Music from Jon Shain!

So today was good and bad, my son Andrew invited to come down to his house to watch the Eagles play. He has a much bigger and nice than mine and as a result of his wife’s efforts to cut their cable bill, he has the new Xfinity package with Red Zone, and yes Meaghan, that is a good thing!!Red Zone is perfect for Andrew who is a master of flipping channels!! Anyway that was the good! Thanks, Andrew and Meaghan. The bad was the Eagles lost the game!! But they are fun to watch, at least the offense!! The defense wouldn’t be bad if the could either cover the center of the field or get to the quarterback!!

Ordinary Cats


And the bonus was that there was 40 minutes plus of music listening both ways!! On the way down to Paulsboro, I listened to an artist that has been lost and forgotten on the iPod for a while now, Jon Shain. Last night on the way home from Target I had the iPod on random shuffle and one of the tracks from his latest release Ordinary Cats came on. As I listened to the good guitar and overall music, I thought – I have to give this album another listen and that other listen came this afternoon, Here’s some background from About Jon at his website:

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Piedmont Blues: Cephas & Wiggins

So since I don’t seem to have the time and/or the inclination to write long involved posts right now, what I may due is to start writing shorter little pieces in between the rarer longer posts! So here’s the first album quick hit! One of the blues albums that I’ve been listening to for the last several weeks is the last album from Cephas & Wiggins Baltimore Blues recorded and released in 2008 by Smithsonian Folkways prior to John Cephas death in 2009 at the age of 78.

Cephas & Wiggins was composed of guitarist John Cephas  and harmonica player Phil Wiggins  They were known for traditional blues style known as the Piedmont blues. One of my favorites duos Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry also are practitioners of Piedmont Blues. and Cephas & Wiggins play it just as well! Cephas and Wiggins released a total of 13 albums many on Flying Fish and Alligator Records. The album is chock full of good fingerpicking guitar and some outstanding blues harp.

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