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Category Archives: Americana

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’.

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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.

Henry Flynt – Hillbilly Jive

America’s Henry Flynt is a philosopher, musician, and ‘anti-artist’ associated with Fluxus. He Furrowed a path out of Americana and made what he referred to as ‘Hillbilly Avant-Garde’; and yes people, it is as good as it sounds. This was recorded sometime in the 60’s/70’s, but not released until 2003.

Dock Boggs – Oh Death

Dock takes on this American folk standard in his inimitable style back in the 20’s.  This was possibly the first recording of the song.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Clean Hands, Dirty Hands

Wonderful song from their soundtrack to 2005’s ‘The Proposition’. This hits all of the haunting (Aussie) Americana buttons for those of you craving that sort of thing. A beautiful Folk dirge.

Matthew Dear – Vine To Vine

From Dear’s 2007 album ‘Asa Breed’; this song saw the Audion man forgo the Electronica that made up the rest of the album, and deliver a modern country song. This is quite a track, and one can’t help wishing it was longer; and that he did more like this.

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’.

Dock Boggs – Down South Blues

Old timey singer and Banjo player who mixed Appalachian folk music and African-American blues; to wonderful effect. Dock’s music was haunting, which is unsurprising given his musical influences and childhood in Central Appalachia. The genuine article people. This track was from between 1963-1968.

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).

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