List of Piedmont Blues Musicians
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List of Piedmont Blues Musicians

The Piedmont blues (also known as Piedmont fingerstyle) is a type of blues music characterized by a unique fingerpicking method on the guitar in which a regular, alternating-thumb bassline pattern supports a melody using the treble strings. The result is a sound comparable to that of a ragtime piano. The Piedmont blues originated in an area including and extending beyond the Piedmont plateau of the eastern United States, which stretches from about Richmond, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia. Piedmont blues musicians come from this area and also from Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. Piedmont blues was popular in the early 20th century. Below is a list of Piedmont blues musicians.


  • Pink Anderson (February 12, 1900 - October 12, 1974). Born in Laurens, South Carolina, Anderson was an early country blues guitarist and singer who performed Piedmont blues. He recorded in the late 1920s with the guitarist and singer Blind Simmie Dooley, from Greenville, South Carolina. Anderson had a long career as a medicine show performer. Interest in him was renewed by blues revivalists in the 1960s, and many of his recordings from that time have been released by Prestige Records.



  • Carolina Slim (Edward P. Harris, August 22, 1923 - October 22, 1953). Guitarist and singer.
  • Cephas & Wiggins (John Cephas, September 4, 1930 - March 4, 2009; and Phil Wiggins, born May 8, 1954). Guitarist and harmonica player, respectively, who performed as a duo.
  • Virgil Childers (c. 1901 - December 10, 1939) Guitarist and Singer, recorded in 1938
  • Cortelia Clark (c. 1906 - December 24, 1969). Singer and guitarist.
  • Jaybird Coleman (May 20, 1896 - January 28, 1950). Born in Gainesville, Alabama, Coleman was a country blues harmonica player, guitarist and singer who performed early Piedmont blues and harmonica blues, active mostly in the 1930s.
  • Elizabeth Cotten (January 5, 1893 - June 29, 1987). Singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
  • Floyd Council (September 2, 1911 - May 9, 1976). Guitarist and singer.




  • Turner Foddrell (June 22, 1928 - January 31, 1995).[1] Acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter.
  • Frank Fotusky. Guitarist and singer.[2]
  • Rick Franklin (born March 16, 1952)[3] Guitarist, singer and songwriter. With various other musicians, Franklin has released four albums to date and works as a blues musicologist.
  • Blind Boy Fuller (July 10, 1907 - February 13, 1941). Guitarist and singer.




  • Charley Lincoln (March 11, 1900 - September 28, 1963). Born Charlie Hicks in Lithonia, Georgia, he was an acoustic country and Piedmont blues guitarist and vocalist. He was the older brother of Robert "Barbecue Bob" Hicks, with whom he performed from the 1920s to the 1950s. He made several recordings, some for Columbia Records.





  • Drink Small (born January 28, 1933, Bishopville, South Carolina)



See also


  1. ^ Edward Komara; Peter Lee (1 July 2004). The Blues Encyclopedia. Routledge. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-135-95832-9.
  2. ^ "Frank Fotusky - Album Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Bob L. Eagle; Eric S. LeBlanc (1 May 2013). Blues: A Regional Experience. ABC-CLIO. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-313-34424-4.
  4. ^ Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 331. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  5. ^ "Illustrated Big Boy Henry discography". Retrieved .
  6. ^ Eugene Chadbourne. "Big Boy Henry | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Illustrated Henry "Rufe" Johnson discography". Retrieved .

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