February 29, 2012

Robbie Basho - Twilight Peaks


February 26, 2012

American Primitive on the Web

It's not like I'm the only guy out here posting on the internet about John Fahey or his influences.  Today I present a few sites that you may want to check out if you don't know about them.

First up is a recently launched site by Ryan Leaf.  It's a beautiful site and Ryan has posts up about some of my favorite guitarists, Glenn Jones and RC Johnson to name a couple.  Both of whom he has hosted for house concerts.

He also does some nice playing himself.

Check it out at These Paths We Tread.

Here's a guitarist, Malcolm from France that emailed me a while back praising my blog.  Well that's a sure way to win my favor!  :)  Malcolm plays some of his original tunes on Youtube, so lets see a bump in those views.  You won't be disappointed!!

Up next is Daniel Bachman.
A guitarist (and more) formerly know as Sacred Harp.  The German label Dying For Bad Music has released a new 7" from Bachman.  Check it out.

Sacred Harp - Rappahannock (For J.R.) - Salem, Oregon from Paul Murray on Vimeo.

Check out the label site and a search for American Primitive turns up for interesting artists.  Check out Nick Castell.

This is of course only a small sampling of what you can find out there if you just look around.

February 25, 2012

Kirill Nikolai & Colin Treiber "Three Studies Of October & The Cemetery For Mt.Vernon In Spring"

The name Kirill Nikolai may (or may not) be familiar to you. He is a member of Still Light an experimental folk trio featuring the considerable talents of Lucy Hague and Sand Snowman. Still Light released their "Lything" debut album first on Apollolaan Recordings and then reissued on vinyl on the wonderful tonefloat label.

For this superb release Kirill has collaborated with guitarist Colin Treiber. This two EP set contains recordings from October 2010 and Spring 2011. The first EP has three acoustic pieces. The second EP contains five tracks, consisting of three acoustic pieces divided by two field recordings. In Kirill's words "a kind of homage to John Fahey".  This double 3" cdr set comes in a selection of rustic handmade cloth pouches.

"Three Studies Of October" EP
1. One
2. Two
3. Three
Kirill Nikolai - acoustic guitar, electric guitar Colin Treiber - acoustic guitar Recorded October 2010

"The Cemetery For Mt. Vernon In Spring" EP
1. Pt. I
2. Pt. II
3. Pt. III
4. Pt. IV
5. Pt. V 
Kirill Nikolai - 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, field recordings Colin Treiber - acoustic guitar Recorded Spring 2011

Made in a limited hand numbered edition of 50 copies.

Available now at Reverb Worship  Scroll down to the Feb. 2nd date to find more info and ordering details.

Kirill and some of his associates opened for Arborea when they went through Denver.

February 22, 2012

Guitar Holder Effigy of John Fahey

Wood and wire.  Old strings, new strings.  Solid wood and plywood.  It’s no matter to me, really.  Bare fingers and flatpicks, fretted notes, chords, and the old broken top of a wine bottle.  An acoustic guitar sings to my soul.  There is nothing quite like the sound of one.
The beautiful things that John Fahey did with the acoustic guitar speak to me because he did them within the realm of the wire and the wood and he did them solo.  Fahey was one of many that brought the acoustic into it’s own.  It wasn’t just for folkies anymore. 

Blues artists, all but forgotten, were also part of this acoustic awakening.  They played the instrument so skillfully that they sounded like a band.  And thankfully the blues artists that had slipped into obscurity were being sought out at the time and Fahey played a part in that as well.

Fahey is one of the important figures in setting the acoustic guitar on a course true to it’s nature and potential.  He wanted to play it like a one-man-symphony.  Thankfully there was enough interest in his music to keep that course for many decades and to this day it seems as strong as ever.

Today begins yet another Fahey Week here at Delta-Slider.  I hope you enjoy it.  I’ll start it off with this crazy/cool John Fahey guitar holder effigy.  Seems like I’ve seen it before but I’m not sure so I thought I would post it.  

Check this out at the Jim Pallas site

February 20, 2012

A Hard Road to Travel: A Tribute to John Fahey

Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7:30pm

Solo guitar performances from
Tinh Mahoney
Rick Ruskin
RC Johnston
Sean Smith
plus others.
$13 advance, $15 day of show.

Located in North Portland's Historic Mississippi District: the acclaimed former neighborhood Baptist church turned recording studio turned music venue and home of the best burgers. The venue's three properties can also be rented for private events and recording sessions. Tickets to all Mississippi Studios shows are available at the main bar and online through Ticketbiscuit at: www.mississippistudios.com (there are NO service charges for tickets purchased in person at our bar box)
View event on facebook

February 14, 2012

Glenn Jones on European Tour

Glenn Jones is headed to France, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal.

He's asking to borrow a 12-string guitar as he is travelling w/out.  How cool would it be to have Glenn do a show with your guitar?  Check his facebook page for info!!

Check my calendar of events for these tour dates, just click on the tap in the upper right of the page, just below the banner.

Or go to Front Porch Productions

February 10, 2012

Sean Siegfried - Backwoods

This one has been out a while. One of many good things that I miss or just fall behind on when it comes to posting.

Work and Worry has a nice review.

I wanted to get this posted because Sean Siegfried has now tabbed out all the music to this release, Backwoods.

You can purchase it on his site.

February 8, 2012

Yair Yona - World Behind Curtains

It usually takes me a couple times to process a new collection of music.  I like to let it sit on the aural palate for a bit to get a handle on it.  Yair Yona's sophomore effort, World Behind Curtains is no different.  My emerging feeling was that this was a movie soundtrack.  But after a listen or two that didn't seem quite right.  Sure, it's cinematic, sweeping and gorgeous.  But there's more.

The opening track was speaking to me like an overture of life.  It sounds like a journey.  And the opening piece struck me as a composite of life, everything is humming along nicely and suddenly reality comes barging in.  No matter, Yona keeps pickin' and grinin' because like all of us, what choice do we have?

As I continued to listen to this effort I couldn't help but feel that each piece was emblematic of the stages of life we all go through.  A fascinating journey populated by Yona's unique and inventive arrangement of instruments ranging from string quartets to bouzouki to electric guitar.  And all of this nicely anchored by his influences.

Yona likes to get his heroes, his influences, all right out in the open.  His first release had a song paying tribute to John Fahey.  In this release Glenn Jones and Leo Kottke both get mentions in song titles.

This release is no surprise when you listen to Skinny Fists and Russian Dance form his first release, Remember. Should have seen this coming.  But who knew he would be so fantastically good at it?

Everyone interested in the American Primitive genre needs to sit up and take notice of this release.  This is a beautiful effort and frankly there is nothing primitive about it.  The music is mature, confident and, thankfully as fresh as anything in the realm of this style to be found out there!

World Behind Curtains hits the streets Feb. 14th.

Pre-order now, also listen to streaming...oh and limited edition vinyl!

Strange Attractors Audio House

Yair Yona

February 3, 2012

Robbie Basho in Fretboard Journal

Be sure to check out the latest issue of the Fretboard Journal, #24 for an article on Robbie Basho.  Even better is that the article is authored by Buck Curran!

Buck and his wife Shanti are the group Arborea and recently released Red Planet to critical acclaim (yes, I reviewed it too but Rolling Stone is a bit bigger than me...for now...).

Buck is also the curator of the excellent Robbie Basho tribute release, We are all one, In the Sun.

Buck was also kind enough to write an article here on Delta-Slider about Jack Rose and his slide guitar.

Be sure to check out the online notes about the article HERE that happen to mention a collection of artists, every one of which you can find right here on Delta-Slider!  Hmmm...Delta-Slider sounds like a cool place to hang out.

Visit Arborea

February 2, 2012

Mary Flower

Good little interview with Mary Flower.  Check it: Mary Flower – Interview and Music

Here's a song from Mary's latest CD, Misery Loves Company, one I highly recommend.


And then there is this little gem.  I love it and it's on my list of songs to learn!  


February 1, 2012

Yair Yona - New Release Coming Soon

Yair Yona is set to release his latest effort "World Behind Curtains," Feb. 14th for Strange Attractors Audio House.

Go to Yona's site for a free download of the new single!

In case you aren't familiar with Yair Yona you should know that he is very prolific and always has plenty of music out there for the listening.  Below is a small sample to get you by till the release date of the new CD/LP/MP3.  Oh yes...vinyl!

Also, if you haven't downloaded this authorized live bootleg, you can get it HERE.