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John Jackson

For much of his life, John Jackson played for country house parties in Virginia, or around the house for his own amusement. Then in the '60s he encountered the folk revival, becoming the Washington, D.C. area's best-loved blues artist. Undoubtedly one of the finest of traditional Piedmont guitarists, Jackson exemplified the songster tradition at its best. His eclectic repertoire embraced the music of his guitar heroes Willie Walker (who once visited his father's house), Blind Boy Fuller, and -- most notably -- Blind Blake. Besides the blues, rags, and dance tunes associated with these masters, Jackson played ballads, country songs, and what he termed "old folk songs," such as "The Midnight Special." His confident fingerpicking, down-home Virginia accent, and contagious good humor marked his performances, live or on record, as something special. A world-class storyteller and party-thrower as well as a National Heritage Award-winning musician, Jackson recorded a half-dozen albums and toured the world as often as he wanted to. He died of liver cancer on January 20, 2002. ~ Barry Lee Pearson
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Track List: Rappahannock Blues

1. Rocks And Gravel

2. Too Tight Rag

3. Candy Man

4. Truckin' Little Baby

5. Railroad Bill

6. Nobody's Business (If I Do)

7. Don't You Want To Go Up There

8. The Year Clayton Delaney Died

9. John Jackson's Breakdown

10. Red River Blues

11. Brown's Ferry Blues

12. Cindy

13. You Ain't No Woman

14. John Henry

15. Diddy Wah Diddy

16. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

17. Frankie And Johnny

18. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

19. Step It Up And Go

20. West Coast Rag

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Track List: Front Porch Blues

1. Railroad Bill

2. C.C. Rider

3. Death Don't Have No Mercy

4. Chesterfield

5. Steel Mill Blues

6. Louisiana Blues

7. Just Because

8. Red River Blues

9. Fairfax Station Rag

10. West Texas Blues

11. When He Calls Me

12. Midnight Hour Blues

13. Rappahannock Blues

14. She's So Sweet

15. The Devil He Wore A Hickory Shoe

16. Have It Your Own Way

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Track List: Country Blues & Ditties

1. Diddy Wa Diddy

2. Matchbox Blues

3. Roll On Buddy

4. T. B. Blues

5. Guitar Rag

6. Railroad Bill

7. Waiting For A Train

8. Cindy

9. Steamboat Whistle

10. I'll Step Aside

11. John's Guitar Boogie

12. Brown Skin Mama

13. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning

14. Screaming And Crying

15. He's In The Jailhouse Now

16. Red Sea Blues

17. Kneel At The Cross

18. Going Up North

19. Lay Down My Old Guitar

20. Too Tight

21. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

22. Deep In The Bottom Blues

23. That'll Never Happen No More

24. I'm A Bad, Bad Man

25. Why I Quit Playing Guitar

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Track List: Step It Up And Go

1. Step It Up And Go

2. Georgia Blues

3. One Black Cat

4. Bile 'Em Cabbage Down

5. She's Got Something There

6. Brownskin Woman

7. South Carolina Rag

8. Red Lips

9. Key To The Highway

10. Backwater Blues

11. Guitar Rag

12. Matchbox Blues

13. Kansas City

14. You Promised Me Love

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Track List: Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

1. Going Down In Georgia On A Horn

2. Black Snake Moan

3. John Henry

4. If Hattie Wants To Lu, Let Her Lu Like A Man

5. Nobody's Business But Mine

6. John's Rag

7. Boats Up The River

8. Rattlesnakin' Daddy

9. Flat Foot & Bug Dance

10. Bear Cat Blues

11. Reuben

12. Rocks And Gravel

13. Going Down The Road Feelin' Bad

14. Police Dog Blues

15. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

16. Muleskinner Blues

17. I Bring My Money

18. John's Ragtime

19. Red River Blues

20. Knife Blues

21. Trucking Little Baby

22. Blind Blake's Rag

23. Goodbye Booze

24. Graveyard Blues

25. Early Morning Blues

26. You Ain't No Woman

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wlsnroxanne
Mr. Jackson was a fine blue singer and player. I remember is him at a party in Fairfax where he was friends of the Cunningham.
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bill28104
Met John @ Doc Watsons gig in 2001. What a gentle man & great performer. He was so pleased to sign CD's & thrilled that people liked his work.
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jimandlaurie 8
heard him in Falls Church at a local New Years Eve First Night. a great musician and citizen.
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Sorry to have missed this artist in performance. Happy to hear his recording Front Porch Blues. Love that rollin finger picking style.
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would like to hear more of his great finger picking
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Great Bluesman! I was 12 years old in 1965 when I had the unforgetable pleasure of hearing John Jackson perform his great blues at a community center in Washington D.C..

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