April 30, 2012

Jack Rose & John Fahey TAB

Just a post of a mish-mash of TABs today.  More from Paul, thank you sir! And some others I found here and there.

First is the excellent little tune Flirtin' With the Undertaker from Jack Rose's Kensington Blues.

Download Flirtin' With the Undertaker

And here we have West Coast Blues, John Fahey's version.  I've got two of these so I'll post them both.  The text one is from Nicolas on the AG forum thank you sir!  I can't recall where I got the other one so if it's yours give a shout so I can give you some credit.

Download West Coast Blues txt

Download West Coast Blues pdf

April 18, 2012

Iain Chambers - Mini-World Tour

Iain Chambers recently released a gem called Rituals and Pastimes.  He's hit the road and I wanted to alert you to that fact.

Sunday, April 22nd Iain will be playing a live show in Tokyo, Japan an Cafe Uma Merdre.  

His first stop was Australia for a recording session on Sideways Through Sound.  STS will feature a couple of live cuts and an interview with Iain.  Broadcast date is April 25th.  Stream it on the web!
Sideways Through Sound, your weekly dose of acoustic reverie, shimmering psychedelia, drones, backwards bits, sitars, stuff that sounds like Hawkwind and really lots of guitar picking...
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April 9, 2012

RC Johnston - The Fahey Project

Greetings Delta-Slider readers.  I’m proud to say that today’s post is the official release of the new RC Johnston effort, The Fahey Project.  Ralph has decided to go with a digital release for his latest and Delta-Slider is the place to get it!  I’m thrilled!  But the same rules apply here as to all of Ralph’s generous releases: feel free to share this far and wide, he wants the music shared.
So without further ado, here is Ralph to tell you all about it.

The Fahey Project:

Hiowdy, and welcome to "The Fahey Project", a dream of mine for over forty years.  If I had recorded "the project" back then, you would have heard poorly played approximations of John's compositions and covers, whereas today you are listening to adequately rendered interpretations, tempered of course by time and experience.

The song selection process was easy: play the stuff that most moves me, even if it takes several versions of a song for me to reach Valhalla.

Hearing John's music for the first time was a definite shock to my shriveled suburban nervous system, but the greatest shock of all was when I heard the orange label version of "Voice of the Turtle".  That edition featured "Bean Vine Blues” with Fahey and (?) on guitars and Joe Bussard and Fahey on vocals.  Along with "Night Train to Valhalla", "Bean Vine Blues" is my ultimate favorite Fahey cut.

Other favorites included are renditions of "Poor Boy", "Tell Her to Come Back Home", "John Henry" and "Farther Along" (John's "duet" with Laura Weber on Laura's PBS TV program "Guitar, Guitar" back in 1969-70).

John influenced my picking style in so many ways by introducing me to the licks of such greats as Charlie Patton, Sam McGee, Bukka White, Frank Hutchison, Weaver and Beasley and a multitude of lesser known but nonetheless great musicians.

I also learned the art of open tunings from John, and the tunings I use on this recording are a testament to that fact:
FADDAD: #s 1, 2, 6
DADDAD: #s 3, 5, 12, 13
DAD: #4
DGDGBD: #s 9, 10, 11

Fahey’s music buoyed my spirits as I reached out to explore other musical realms such as surf music, Savage Republic and Quonset’s ethno/industrial sand doomed journeys.

I think about Fahey every day.  He lauded me, he insulted me, but in the end it was all worth it.  John’s music has stood the test of time.  He is a modern classic: ignored by most, but beloved by the few.

My choice of guitars to play on these recordings was a no brainer: Dixie X appears on all cuts except “Night Train to Land O’ Lakes”.  On that song I played Gator X, a 3 stringed cigar box resonator built by Jim Mitchell of Land O’ Lakes, Florida.

Thanks to one and all for your support over the years.  Forty six minutes of music that took over forty years to see the light of day!

Cheers!  Ralph.

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All artwork you see here, and a little more is included.

Please come on back and leave a comment about the music!

  1. Pea Vine Apocalypse Then
  2. Variations on John Henry Variations
  3. Edgar Allan Poe Boy
  4. Night Train to Land O’ Lakes
  5. Blind Thomas’s Blues
  6. Pea Vine Apocalypse Now
  7. Night Train to Great Neck
  8. On the Shady Side of the Desert
  9. Takoma Two Step
  10. The Wonderful Waltz I Heard on That Day
  11. Jolly Joe’s Fonotone Blues #2
  12. Tel Her to Go Back Home
  13. I Love My Blind Joe Death Steam Engine Tattoo