Phil Wiggins & George Kilby Jr. Trio
Jul 6, 2017
- Location: Dazzle
- 1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
- Price: $15-$22
- 6:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Phil Wiggins was half of the internationally acclaimed acoustic blues duo Cephas and Wiggins for 30 years. Together they made 14 albums for Smithsonian Folkways, Alligator and Flying Fish labels among others. George Kilby Jr spent 20 years 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 musical partners; and this has resulted in a new dynamic partnership including tours and major Blues festivals in the US, Canada and Europe. Their extensive catalog of songs as well as collaborative songwriting in developing new material is the inspiration for a new record in the works. In 2013, Kilby and Wiggins recorded and released Kilby’s song “You Never See the Hand Throw the Stone” which tackles racism, religion, and corruption. The song appears on the CD Six Pack (Top Frog Music).Their current collaborative material follows this path instead of recycling old blues themes, however classic they may be. Themes such as police/race strife, forgiveness, the 2nd amendment question, and the preservation of the environment are common in the new material that Wiggins& Kilby are recording for an upcoming album.
Wiggins’ honors with Cephas include Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the White House, and a seat on the National Council for the Traditional Arts. Kilby’s honors include 3 albums with Pinetop Perkins, a WC Handy Album of the year, and countless European and US tours. Of late the pair is also doing several concerts with the legendary Sherman Holmes (of The Holmes Brothers).