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Jim O’Rourke – There’s Hell in Hello, But More in Goodbye

This is from O’Rourke’s 1997 album ‘Bad Timing’; a beautiful album that has any seasoned listener coming to the realisation that Jim is a big John Fahey fan, as there is a huge influence from the Appalachian folk/Indian raga/ Bluegrass maestro on this work. Jim makes music as hauntingly affective as Fahey’s for sure, and the opener ‘There’s Hell In Hello But More In Goodbye’ is a perfect example of that, while possibly being the least like a strict homage.

Starting off in pure John Fahey style, the track then moves into the kind of territory that Tortoise traversed at their most minimal, as well as inspired. Of course, Jim had close dealings with Tortoise so the comparison isn’t that much of a surprise.

Brilliant piece of music from a beautiful album.

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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’.

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.

John Fahey – Wine & Roses (Live)

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

Roscoe Holcomb – Darling Cory

Here’s Roscoe with that high, lonesome sound again.

Ralph Stanley – Oh Death

Bluegrass man Ralph Stanley takes on an Appalachian folk ditty.
Some of you may recognize this tune from the ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ soundtrack; where Stanley did a rendition overlaid with whooping Klansmen.
I cannot give the date for this version, as I don’t know it; but I’m guessing it’s earlier than the aforementioned OST.
Great tune that is simultaneously cheery and a dirge.

Hillbilly me up!

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