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Category Archives: American Primitive

John Fahey – A Raga Called Pat Part One

Some low tech field recordings give way to some haunting bluegrass that quickly evolves into a kind of Hillbilly raga dervish. Amazing stuff from his brilliant 1967 album ‘Days Have Gone By’.

Henry Flynt – Blue Sky, Highway And Thyme

Mosey on down to the land of Avant-Garde Hillbilly music a la Henry Flynt. This is pretty minimal stuff; bravely so, and is from the 2002 collection ‘Back Porch Hillbilly Blues Volume 1’. From sometime in the ’60’s…..that’s the best we can do.

John Fahey – Wine & Roses (Live)

The man himself playing live in Hamburg, 1978. Truly magical.

John Fahey – When The Fire & Roses Are One

Pure magic from Fahey here, as ever. Incredible stuff from one man and his guitar; from his 1973 album ‘Fare Forward Voyagers’.

John Fahey – Fare Forward Voyagers

Bluegrass, Appalachian folk, Indian raga’s; all blended into the Fahey magick. Fahey’s term for this was ‘American Primitive’; an incredible display of what one man can conjure from an acoustic guitar. This is from the album ‘Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier’s Choice)’ (1973).

John Fahey – Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker

Opening track from 1971’s ‘America’, and Fahey is as magical as ever.

John Fahey – The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party

Epic Fahey opening track from 1966’s Volume 4. Various snippets of Fahey’s beuatiful guitar style pieced together and ending up sounding like the soundtrack to walking through a forest. You have the shaded areas, and parts where you are walking out into a clearing with the sun beating down on you.

Incredible.

John Fahey – Wine and Roses

American Primitive guitar from the master.

John Fahey – America

Stunning piece from the man who mixed together Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass, and Indian Raga’s into his very own ‘American Primitive’. One man, one guitar, and a whole lot of textures. Sublime.

This is from the 1971 album of the same name.

John Fahey – Special Rider Blues

Special indeed.
From 1971’s ‘America’ LP.

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