Racism, Reconciliation and The Blues
Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr., are proud to present a program of music, discussion of American history, racism, and an insightful look at their Southern heritage. Included in the program are early American work songs and a discussion of the African influence on early music. They take a look at the blues and how it developed from “Race Music” to Rock and Roll -- leading to a discussion on racism and citing both cultural factors and the power of the fear of the unknown. The artists perform and discuss their own music as they feel it can be a healing and key factor in reconciling differences, whether racial, political or cultural.
Phil Wiggins was half of the internationally acclaimed acoustic blues duo “Cephas and Wiggins” for 30 years. George Kilby Jr spent 20 years playing with and producing albums for the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins. A link to Wiggins’ recent National Heritage Award is HERE, The duo's educational lecture/concert, called “Racism, Reconciliation, and the Blues”, is an entertaining and enlightening spoken word program with live music. As a black and a white musician, growing up in Alabama during the Civil Rights Era, they are uniquely qualified to speak about their experiences and frame the conversation on racism in the rich cultural backdrop of the blues.
Phil met George Kilby Jr not long after the passing of their respective musical partners. This meeting has resulted in a new partnership including tours and festivals in the US, Canada and Europe, a well-received recording, and a songwriting collaboration for an upcoming album.
For more information on the program: https://www.facebook.com/RRANDTHEBLUES/ http://www.georgekilbyjr.com/topfrog/racism-reconciliation-and-the-blues
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