My taste is eclectic; here you will find everything from folk, blues, and jug-band music to experimental bluegrass and avant-garde classical music. My bias is certainly towards acoustic music with little production and much enthusiasm, but my sole selection criteria is Quality.
The music on this site is mostly old, hard-to-find, or under-noticed music. Many of the musicians are dead. As for the living musicians, I put their music here because I want to spread and publicize it, not because I want to rip them off. Musicians, like artists, are a hard-working and under-compensated lot, and I highly recommend that if you like the music you find here, you seek out their other recordings. Of course, if any musician finds their music here and wants it removed, contact me and I'll happily oblige.
Roots - Where our music came from; our shared heritage. It may not sound contemporary, but if you listen you can hear its echoes in everything that has come since.
Branches - A bridge between cultures, styles, musical languages. As a meeting of two or more rivers, the sources mingle and new life is born.
Fruits - Music ripened to perfection. It has absorbed the roots, grown in the sun of contemporary life, and made a new statement. Sweet and nourishing.
Seeds - The start of something new. These musicians went out on a limb, and did something never done before. Whether they had followers or not, their music retains the stamp of individuality and experimentation.
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In the past 3 years there have been at least 5 tribute to John Fahey compilations. Not to mention the sudden appearance of many Takoma-inspired guitar players who are stepping away from their avant-rock bands and releasing guitar soli records (I am alluding to Glenn Jones and Jack Rose, but there are others). The tributes range from mediocre to amazing, and cover many aspects of Fahey's work, from mysterious blues-ragas to abrasive post-drone experiments.
This is the first John Fahey tribute album, from way back in 1979, which features a number of fingerpickers from Takoma's sister-label, Kicking Mule. Like most Kicking Mule projects, the musicianship is excellent, though they don't really explore many new directions. The interpretations range from dead-on to in-the-spirit-of, but it's all solo guitar. While I wouldn't call this a great record, it offers some interest, just to hear these familiar (to me, and I hope, to you) melodies re-interpreted with subtle variations in timing, tone, etc.. Arvid Smith takes more liberties than the others, and really captures the haunting quality of Fahey's early work.
Artist/Tracklist: Bob Hadley - Revelation On The Bank Of The Pantuxent Arvid Smith - Joe Kirby Blues Stephen Connolly - Desperate Man Blues Woddy Harris -When The Springtime Comes Again Arvid Smith - Sail AwayLadies
Woody Harris - Sunflower River Blues Arvid Smith - The Death Of Clayton Peacock Stephen Connolly - Sligo River Blues Arvid Smith - The Yellow Princess - In Christ There Is No East Or West
Various Artists - A Tribute to John Fahey Label: Kicking Mule Year: 1979 get it here. mr (vinyl, cleaned) | mp3 220+vbr | 59mb