IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH: THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY

I highly recommend searching out this hour long documentary on the Father of Modern American Guitar, John Fahey. Fahey tirelessly trudged the country’s back roads, compiling a vast collection of forgotten musical history, which he in turn, reinterpreted through a panoply of international influences, creating a truly distinct body of work. In conjunction with the record label, Takoma, that he started, he helped establish solo guitar as a respected art form and laid the groundwork for all such experimentation that followed. His playing is simultaneously beautifully expressive and unpredictable. To listen to a Fahey record is to go on a journey. Do yourself a favor and take the trip.

This is a sixteen minute clip, from 1976, that really encompasses the scope and breadth of Fahey’s ability.
Mindblowing

Listen to what he does with a Blues cut. Actually, I consider all Fahey’s work to be Blues, regardless.

 

And in lucky me news, I was psyched to grab an original of this LP, for less than a buck, at an estate sale a month ago!

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