Don Flemons: "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" (2016). New Live Music Video.

Listen to the John Cephas´ original version of the song and download it on Amazon

 

"Bowling Green" John Cephas is so nick-named because though he was born in Washington (September 4, 1930), he was raised in Bowling Green, VA. Cephas got his first exposure to blues from his aunt while growing up in Virginia. His aunt and her boyfriend both played guitar, and


after his aunt showed him blues chords when he was eight or nine, he was off and running. Cephas' playing is influenced by the styles of Blind Boy Fuller and Rev. Gary Davis.

 

Piedmont blues specialists John Cephas (guitar) and Phil Wiggins (harmonica) were two of a handful of blues musicians who've benefited from the renewed interest in acoustic music in recent years. Cephas has been praised by the New York Times and other important media as "one of the outstanding exponents of the Piedmont style guitar."

 

Both were born in Washington, D.C., though Wiggins is 25 years younger than his guitar-playing partner. Both sang well, and their albums are a mix of standard classic blues as well as their own originals. Along with John Jackson from Virginia, they are some of the names that come to mind when we think of Piedmont blues. The Piedmont region (a geological term referring to foothills) includes the hills between the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic Coastal plain that runs from northern Virginia to Florida. Piedmont blues refers to a blues subgenre that is characteristic of performers from Virginia, the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia. Piedmont blues performers include Peg Leg Howell, Pink Anderson, Jackson, Blind Blake, and Willie Walker.