George Higgs – Tarboro Blues
George Higgs hails from Edgecombe County, North Carolina and is a wonderful guitar and harp player in the Piedmont tradition. Throughout the 40’s and 50’s he was a popular performer at fish fries and house parties and later on performed gospel with a local quartet.
He apparently recorded for the Trix label in the early 70’s but these sides were never issued. ‘Tarboro Blues’ is a beautifully played debut filled with mostly traditional songs sung in a deeply moving and personal manner. Higgs is a moving singer, powerful harp blower and has a gentle, propulsive guitar style that make for engaging listening. Voted the best blues album of 2001 by Living Blues.
Higgs rolls through a set of traditional material like the driving ‘My Hook’s In The Water’, the heartfelt ‘Geraldine’, the good time feel of ‘Greasy Greens’ and the moving “‘Sides to Every Story.’ Fans of bluesman like Pink Anderson and Peg Leg Sam will certainly want to investigate this record.” -Jeff Harris, Bad Dog Blues