Phil Wiggins was half of the internationally acclaimed acoustic blues duo “Cephas and Wiggins”. George Kilby Jr spent 20 years both playing with and producing albums for the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins of Muddy Waters band. The two met not long after the passing of their respective partners; and this has resulted in a partnership including US and European tours and festivals, a well-received recording, and song collaboration which will result in a new album.
Wiggins honors with Cephas include Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the White House, a seat on the National Council for the Traditional Arts, and recording for the Alligator, Rounder, and Smithsonian labels. Kilby’s honors with Perkins include 3 albums, one of which was WC Handy Award Blues Album of the year, and countless European and US tours including the Newport Jazz Festival and many others.
The duo recorded and released Kilby’s ” You never see the hand throw the Stone on Kilby’s latest disc. The song tackles racism, religious hypocrisy, and corruption. Their current collaborative material follows this path instead of recycling old blues themes, however classic they may be.
“The set closes with a deep, almost spiritual-like Delta blues cut, featuring only George on guitar and vocals and Phil Wiggins on harp…and is sure to evoke memories of Piedmont blues duo (the late John) Cephas and Wiggins.”
-Sheryl and Don Crow’s Blues Blog
“Phil Wiggins’ honking/wailing/chugging/moaning blues harp…a cool showcase for Kilby’s fingerpicking work – but pay attention to the words. One trademark of Kilby’s originals is the use of a deceptively down-to-earth approach to lay some deeper-than-you-may-think wisdom on the table.” – Brian Robbins, Jambands.com