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Cool Down [Cephas & Wiggins]

  • 1. Action Man
    2. Man Without a Future
    3. Screaming and Crying
    4. No Ice in My Bourbon
    5. Blues Will Do Your Heart Good, The
    6. Caroline in the Morning
    7. Backwater Blues
    8. Goin' to the River
    9. Cool Down
    10. Special Rider
    11. Hard Liquor
    12. Nine Pound Hammer
    13. Right of Way Blues
    14. Twelve Gates to the City
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4838

  • Credits
    ProducerJoe Wilson
    EngineerBruce Loughry; Pete Reiniger

    Personnel: "Bowling Green" John Cephas (vocals, guitar); "Harmonica" Phil Wiggins (vocals, harmonica); Eddie Pennington (guitar); Djimo Kouyate (kora); Skip Wiggins (bass).
    Audio Mixer: Pete Reiniger.
    Liner Note Author: Joe Wilson.
    Recording information: Bias Recording Studios, Springfield, VA; Bias Studio, Springfield, VA; Hot Spot, Hyattsville, MD; The Hot Spot, Hyattsville, MD.
    Cool Down is the first album the acoustic blues duo Cephas & Wiggins recorded for Alligator Records, and it ranks among their best. The spirit of the session is laid-back and eclectic, as the pair draws on everyone from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Boy Fuller to Fats Domino and Merle Travis. There are also a half-dozen originals that might not be as captivating as the covers, but they certainly elicit engaging performances from the pair. Throughout Cool Down, John Cephas dominates the music but Phil Wiggins' harmonica steals the show whenever he pops through the cracks. Cool Down is the kind of album that demonstrates how some blues musicians simply get better with age. ~ Thom Owens

  • Critic Reviews
    Sing Out! (4-5-6/96, p.144) - "...Cephas and Wiggins are probably the most cosmopolitan act in acoustic blues, a fact beautifully demonstrated on this album..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.124) - "...the most elegant album yet by the acoustic guitar and harmonica duo..."
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