In Search of Blind Joe Death - The Saga of John Fahey
October 31, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 28, 2011
You all know this out on vinyl, right?
Great release curated by Buck Curran with appearances by Meg Biard, Cian Nugent, Steffan Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones, Yair Yona and more.
Delta-Slider review here
Acoustic Guitar Magazine Best of 2010
1. Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rolling Thunder Variation II
2. Helena Espvall - Travessa Do Cabral
3. Meg Baird - Moving Up A Ways
4. Glenn Jones - 1337 Shatuck Avenue, Apartment D
5. Arborea - Blue Crystal Fire
6. Cian Nugent - Odour Of Plums
7. Rahim AlHaj - Baghdad Athania
8. Fern Night - Song For The Queen
9. Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rocky Mountain Variations
October 25, 2011
From the festival site:
Boulder Colorado resident Otis Taylor is a world-renowned musician whose unique style of “trance-blues” music defies easy categorization. While drawing upon elements of early American Blues, and even earlier African music Taylor has been called “arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time” by Guitar Player magazine. In November of 2010, Taylor found himself with a rare fall month at home in Boulder rather than touring in Europe. At the last moment, Taylor decided to hold a Trance-Blues Jam Workshop. With little time to market the event, Taylor sold out the room and had over fifty musicians, educators and singers join him at the Boulder Outlook Hotel for a glimpse into his approach to the creation of music in a live environment. A video overview of the 2010 workshop can be found at www.otistaylor.com. The event culminated with a public jam session during which one song was played and musicians were woven in and out with each bringing their own energy and perspective to the moment. The success of this event has lead Taylor to pursue the development of an annual three day Trance-Blues Jam Festival which will be held in Boulder Colorado on the weekend following Thanksgiving.
Here's a video from last year's event.
Go HERE to learn more.
October 24, 2011
Avos starts off with Hospitality, probably one of its strongest tracks. The playing is crisp and concise and yet doesn’t feel as technically precise as to feel sterile. In fact the whole body of work has a comfortable feel to it that belies the technical skill that is going on concurrently. Fez and Guinness is a favorite of mine, call me a sucker for the beer and the violin? Either way it’s another of the comfort pieces on this effort.
But just when the comfort is settling in the guys insert just an inkling of strange to keep you on your toes. Avos, is track seven and while there’s nothing too unsettling about the piece I’m also not sure I’m “getting” it either. At first it bothered me but now I’m a little more comfortable with it.
Actually, at the half-way point the guys do start getting a little flashy, at least for this effort. Believer Field takes a lot of elements and blends them for a great sounding duet full of pull-offs, arpeggios and jazzy chords. Ending up with a song that retains the feel of a beautiful melody along the way is tricky but they do it well.
Straight Up and Down is a tune that keeps things from straying too close to the norm. A very attractive tune with its sharp angles slipping into an elegant melody, really a joy for the ears!
On that note I need to mention that a lot of what makes this an excellent effort is the production work, very fine. This is a great addition to the small canon of guitar duet efforts. Work & Worry has an interesting review of this release and I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already. Raymond Morin is one of the rare breed of guitarist that plays in this tiny niche, his perspective is unique.
Visit Tompkins Square to BUY.
Stream it at Fretboard Journal.
October 23, 2011
October 22, 2011
WFMU's annual Record Fair approacheth once again; 200+ dealers and a wide variety of tables to shop at, collectables, cheapo records...Of special mention: a panel being presented on Sunday in the A/V lounge entitled "Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You", which will feature Joe Bussard, Claudio Guerrieri, Glenn Jones, Ragtime Ralph and Charlie Schmidt talking about the late great acoustic guitar legend John Fahey...
October 20, 2011
Sad news; John-Alex Mason has passed away at the age of 35. I saw him play here in Colorado many times and he was always a great performer. I chatted with him now and then at shows and he was always a great guy. He will be missed.
Story from the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Story from the Colorado Springs Gazette.
When I first saw John-Alex he was playing the solo blues gigs.
Later he would switch over to this Richard Johnston style of playing and it was great fun to see him play.
October 12, 2011
What's better than seeing a Pat O'Connell or Mike Fekete show? How about a show they do together? You've gotta read this nice little article about how two guys got together to play some music.
Read the article HERE
Check them out
Pat O'Connell on CDbaby
October 9, 2011
Bert Jansch Live at McCabes Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, California 1979 FM Recording
02 Intro ->
03 Where Did My Life Go
04 Intro ->
05 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
06 Pretty Saro
08 Come Back Baby
10 Intro ->
11 Ask Your Daddy
12 Cat And Mouse
13 Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
14 Running From Home
16 DJ outro