April 28, 2018

John Fahey - Salem Art Fair & Festival – Main Stage - Salem, OR - July 17, 1999

John Fahey

Salem Art Fair & Festival – Main Stage

Salem, OR 

July 17, 1999

Death Don’t Have No Mercy/(Unknown)



How Long (bathed in echo)…


“Latin American Section”/Dorothy…(Fahey Thanks His Dentist)

(Unknown Blues/Ragtime Tune!!)

Great quality recording of electric Fahey. I haven't posted this one before, so maybe you don't have this one. I don't recall seeing out there in circulation in the past few years, so get it!

Supplied by the inestimable MTW, thank you! Get it HERE

Folks, it looks like the ole blog is up and running again. It's not like I'm in control here, the spirit of Fahey pushes me around like a pawn. If you are enjoying these new boots, let me know!

April 24, 2018

John Fahey live in Los Angeles in 1974

Some new Fahey boots showing up on DIME, thanks to a long time Fahey fan!!


01 Intro
   Dance Of the Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain
   Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Invisble City Of Bladensburg (fragment)
   ends abruptly
02 Spanish Two-Step
   he tunes to open D
03 The Grand Finale ( in open D! )
   Knoxville Blues ( 3/4 time )
   Knoxville Blues ( 4/4 time )
04 Wine & Roses
05 Monologue
   he tunes to open C
06 The Portland Cement Factory At Monolith CA ( rarely performed )
07 Funeral Song For MJH
08 Monologue on tuning 

Total time: 43:02"

Get the FLAC files HERE

April 22, 2018

The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose Festival

Hi all,

Well I went to the Festival and had a great time. Got to see some amazing musicians and got to meet so many people that I've known of, heard of, talked to online, been 'friends' of on social media, listened to their music, etc. Such a small community and such a great opportunity to meet a bunch of really nice people. Despite 3 days of festivities I still didn't get to talk to everyone, nonetheless, the ones I did were great. Hoping for a second festival to catch up with the rest of you all.

I got a lot of really nice comments about the blog, it was nice to hear. I have missed it and you've inspired me to spin it up again. I don't know what that will look like yet, need to find a file storage solution that I'm comfortable with. It may stray even further from the controversial American Primitive moniker. As has been the case of the last couple years, I don't see myself doing a lot of writing (just yet), so if you are interested in a contribution to the site (music reviews, essays on the American Primitive label debate, whatever...) just let me know.


Restored Files

Hi all,

Well I believe I have found a way to easily restore a limited number of files by simply making public the files that are still stored on the previous Dropbox server. I have moved all remaining files to a public folder, click HERE and HERE.

The catch is you need to just browse through the files to see what is available. The individual links on each post are still dead. EDIT: not true, apparently once moved to the public folder the old link still works, so from the reader point of view, random links are now up and running. Well, it's something.

Check it out, let me know if it seems to work ok. Please don't d/l everything in sight as you will max out my d/l capacity for the month and then everyone else has to wait around for it to reset. Note that all the files have a preview, even the music files (again, feel free to let me know if this is actually working) so you can see/hear it before downloading. That will help us all keep the files available all month.

Eventually I would like to get all the files available again and I am searching for the right tool for the job. Suggestions welcomed. The idea is to move away from individual links and to more of an open folder with a file structure to avoid the whole situation of having a unique link for each file.

BTW, a lot of Basho TABS are in these restored files, for those of you that are fired up after seeing that Basho film at the Festival.

March 4, 2017

Bemused Since '52 - Ralph Johnston

Hey everyone, running a little late with this one for Fahey Week. But hey, been busy. Nonetheless, here's Ralph with another contribution to the memory of John Fahey, Thanks to everyone that keeps the memory and music of Fahey alive!! 


February 28, 2017

Blind Joe Death: Volume One guitar tab book by Andrew Lardner

In case you aren't familiar with Andrew take a moment to listen/watch the youtube above...ok, now that you are convinced that Andrew is a certified Fahey picker you should know that he has released a tab book.
Blind Joe Death: Volume One is now available through Mel Bay Publications. This first volume is the culmination of many years of work and features transcriptions of the six compositions on the A-side of Blind Joe Death.

On Doing an Evil Deed Blues

St. Louis Blues

Poor Boy a Long Ways from Home

Uncloudy Day

John Henry

In Christ There Is No East or West

Look for a special release on his website.
Or you can pick up a copy direct from Mel Bay as well as Amazon and Elderly.

February 27, 2017

John Fahey - -Requiem For Russell Blaine Cooper guitar tab

RUSSEL BLAINE COOPER: A Great-Uncle of mine. I heard him talk once in 1957. The song sounds to me like the way he talked. He was among other things a teacher, a soldier in WWI, and he gave a demonstration of Springfield rifle sharp shooting for Teddy Roosevelt in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1917. And I'm sure he did much else of which I am unaware. Open D, with the third string tuned up to a fourth instead of a third.

Go HERE to d/l the tab!!

February 26, 2017

A poem for Fahey Week by Ralph Johnston

Scott...hiowdy!!!  Just listening to Charlie Patton and ready to send you a couple of poems for Fahey week

Thanks Ralph!

A Poem...

John Fahey and Joe Bussard
Were on the bus today
I was sitting really close
About three seats away
Neither now are young men
Like me, they're old and grey
But still, I surely would have
Known them anyway

Fahey wore black headphones
And Joe was with a friend
I couldn't hear John's music
And Bussard was near the end
Joe's stop was at the next streets
Cambie and Broadway
Still, it's strange, they both got off
Sometimes, it's just that way

I hope I see them very soon
As one or separately
It's been going on for months now
So I'll just wait and see
If they're on the bus together
Or together, separately
Hey John, hey Joe, it's Ragtime Ralph
Do you remember me?

Yet another poem by Ralph Johnston

Haven't seen the guys that look like Fahey and Bussard for awhile now...hope they're alright...

A Poem...

Listening to Weaver and Beasley
That ol' music sure does please me
Charlie Patton and Bukka White
Hearing them makes me feel alright

Mississippi John's now long gone
Spike Driver's Blues from dusk to dawn
Hate that train, Frank Hutchison's muse
And Sam McGee's Knoxville Blues

Fahey and the Takoma crew
Kottke, Lang and Basho too
Turned the guitar world around
Brand new music, old time sounds

I don't listen much these days
Guess I'm stuck in my old ways
But sometimes I hear sounds
That make my feet and brain dance 'round