December 17, 2016

Links to go dark in March

Hi Scott,

We’re always looking to improve the Dropbox sharing experience. The Public folder was the first sharing method we introduced, and since then, we’ve built even better ways for you to share securely and work together with your team.

As a result, we’ll soon be ending support for the Public folder. Dropbox Basic users will be able to use the Public folder until March 15, 2017. After that date the files in your Public folder will become private, and links to these files will be deactivated. Your files will remain safe in Dropbox.

If you’d like to keep sharing files in your Public folder, you can create new shared links. Just make sure to send the new URLs to your collaborators.

In addition to shared links, we have a number of sharing options designed to make collaboration easier and give you more control. 

Hi all,

This does not improve my sharing experience, nor yours. Unfortunately I am very very busy with the job and I don't have time to create all new links. This has been a frustrating part of this blog through the years. This will be the forth time that all the links on the blog have gone dead. There's just too much going on these days for me to commit to update them all. Certainly something I would like to get done but at the moment there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

November 6, 2016

Big Head Blues Club - Songs of Willie Dixon

Big Head Todd has a brand new album “Way Down Inside”.

BHT are joined on tour by the same blues legends that are featured on the album. This includes Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Erica Brown all collaborating to play the songs of Willie Dixon. So it's a little late to make the tour, it's nearly over but I feel compelled to still post. I went to the Denver show and it was pure joy. If you can get to one of these final dates, do it.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters clearly have a love and respect for those old blues that birthed so many great genres. Mud Morganfield will freak you out when he opens his mouth to sing, it's like his father is channeled through him. And I have a particular like for the playing of Ronnie Baker Brooks, his depth and touch are rare and not to be missed in a live setting.

Ronnie Baker Brooks takes the lead and vocals on this beauty and drew a standing ovation in the middle of the Denver show. Check it.

October 1, 2016

Two Trains Runnin'

Thanks the Delta-Slider friend Ralph, he has alerted me to a documentary "about the civil rights movement and blues loving college kids descending on Mississippi in 1964...Son House and Skip James are the main musical focus...Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues" and "Hawaiian Two-Step" are highlighted, as well as readings from Fahey's "How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life"!!!"  Plus interviews with Ed Denson and Gayle Dean Wardlow.

August 20, 2016

July 10, 2016

A Jack Rose Flood of Vinyl is on its Way

Do you need to up your Rose collection? Well lucky you, some of this hard to find stuff is coming back...

May 23, 2016

Chandelier by Christoph Bruhn

May 22, 2016

Bad Spirits by Jack Wirth

May 21, 2016

Saint Francis River Basin by Marcus Eads

May 18, 2016

Self - Portrait by El Javi Trio

May 17, 2016

Glenn Jones Folkadelphia Session 3​/​6​/​2016

May 15, 2016

Too Late To Die Young by Harry Taussig

May 14, 2016

Desatino by Tino van der Sman

April 30, 2016

The Flamenco Podcast

There's a new English language podcast of flamenco that is quite good. Up to 3 episodes so far and going strong. Here is the content of the first show, click the link below to go to his site to download or listen to the podcast.



00:00:23 - Introduction

00:02:42 - Music (José Mercé, Carmen Linares, Vicente Amigo, Daniel Casares and Jorge Pardo)

00:38:34 - Flamenco News (The New York Flamenco Festival)

00:42:52 - The Interview (with guitarist Javier Conde)

01:07:12 - The Flamenco Academy

01:13:09 - The Flamenco Radar

The Flamenco Podcast - Episode 001

March 27, 2016

Face To Face Against American Primitivism In Eastern Europe Vol. 1 by Jakub Šimanský

March 26, 2016

Dead If You Don't - Day of the Dead

March 25, 2016

Attempting Levitation by Waswas

March 24, 2016

dbh - Mood

March 23, 2016

Nick Dellar - The Alder Tree's Year

March 22, 2016

Jim Ghedi - Home Is Where I Exist, Now To Live And Die

March 21, 2016

March 20, 2016

Joe Bussard presents: The Year of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War

March 18, 2016

JAN MÖRGENSON - Jass, Raag & Blooz

March 17, 2016

Asbestos, Inc. - Do What's Right

March 16, 2016

Ben Hemming - Broken Man

March 15, 2016

Spearman Brewers - One Drink Minimum

March 13, 2016

The Ragpicker String Band

March 12, 2016


That whacked out finger style guitar wizard, TOULOUSE ENGELHARDT will release two…yes two new singles January 1st, 2016!
How about a little “Space Age” Folklore? An insane 12-string guitar romp with “Special Guests”, Don Georgeson on Tenor Sax, (who performed with Stan Getz) and the celebrated return of “Tiki Timmy” on Percussion. (Those Beach Blanket Bingo Surf Films would have never been the same without his killer bongos!)
The tune that captured the image of the legendary “Plaza Steve” cruising the avenues of the South Bay beach scene in Southern CA! With “Special Guest”, William McNairn on clarinet.

“It’s Benny Goodman meets Mosrite Surf Guitar!”

Both tunes will be available on I-Tunes and @ your other fave downloading music sites New Years Day!

March 10, 2016

Daniel Bachman "Not Going To Austin" Tour 2016

USA Dates
9. March - Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery
10. March - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopoever
11. March - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
12. March - Boone, NC - Boone Saloon
13. March - Columbia, SC - Gallery TBA
14. March - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre Rooftop
16. March - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
17. March - San Antonio, TX - 502 Bar
18. March - Abilene, TX - Neon Parrot Lounge
19. March - Dallas, TX - The Foundry
20. March - Houston, TX - Texas Gallery
22. March - New Orleans, LA - Big Mamas Lounge
24. March - St Petersburg, FL - Palladium Theatre
European Dates
22. April - IT, Genova / Less Is More Farmhouse
23. April - CH, Lausanne / Le Bourg
24. April - DE, Wiesbaden / Phantom Limbo
26. April - DE, Berlin / Donau115
27. April - BE, Liege / TBA
28. April - BE, Ghent / Vooruit
29. April - DE, Düsseldorf / BiBaBuZe
30. April - DE, Bonn / Venue TBA
3. May - FR, Lille / Le Café Diskaire
4. May - FR, Metz / Les Trinitaires
5. May - UK, London / Bethnal Green Working Man's Club
6. May - UK, Glasgow / Glad Cafe
7. May - UK, Todmorden / Golden Lion
8. May - UK, Bristol / The Lantern
9. May - UK, Bexhill on Sea / De La Warr Pavilion

March 8, 2016

Jerry Hionis - American Nasheeds


March 7, 2016

Matt Sowell - North Winds Callin'

March 6, 2016

The Record Store of the Mind Book Tour 2016

The Record Store of the Mind Book Tour 2016
17 Cities. 17 Special Guests.

"One of the most thoroughly enjoyable, informative, wise and good-hearted books ever written about music and the industry"
-- MOJO * * * * 4 STARS

"What pulls its disparate elements together is the accommodating warmth and wit of his writing and the wealth of great stories he has to tell"
-- UNCUT 8/10

Tompkins Square label's Josh Rosenthal will read from his new book, 'The Record Store of the Mind', w/ Special Guests :

April 2 - Deep Thoughts, Jamaica Plain MA w/ Sam Moss
April 3 - Feeding Tube Records, Northampton MA w/ Trevor Healy
April 4 - Albany Public Library, Albany NY w/ Mike Eck
April 5 - Rocket 99, Kingston NY w/ Peter Walker
April 6 - Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY w/ Kid Millions, Harry Taussig
April 7 - Brickbat Books, Philadelphia PA w/ Chris Forsyth
April 8 - Red Onion Records & Books, Washington DC w/ Bob Brown
April 9 - Atomic Books, Baltimore MD w/ Max Ochs
April 10 - Steady Sounds, Richmond VA w/ Diane Cluck, Mark Fosson
April 12 - Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill NC w/ Steven Weiss (UNC)
April 13 - Horizon Records, Greenville SC w/ Wes Tirey
April 14 - Downtown Books, Asheville NC w/ Wes Tirey
April 15 - A Cappella Books, Atlanta GA w/ Tyler Higgins
April 16 - Grimey's, Nashville TN - Record Store Day DJ set & signing
April 17 - Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville KY w/ Nathan Salsburg
April 18 - Boxcar Books, Bloomington IN - A Bill Wilson tribute
April 20 - CityLit Books, Chicago IL w/ Mike Vallera

Media Inquiries

'The Record Store of the Mind' by Josh Rosenthal
Praised by The Believer, Oxford American, Boing Boing, Record Collector (5/5)......
ISBN : 9781625179135
Retailers : Available via Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Think Indie, Revolver



"Josh Rosenthal is a record man's record man. He is also a musician's record man. He is in the line of Samuel Charters and Harry Smith. In this age where we have access to everything and know the value of nothing, musicians need people like Josh to hear them when no one else can."
- T Bone Burnett

Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part "music criticism," the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers ... especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.

Celebrating ten years in 2015, Rosenthal's San Francisco-based independent record label Tompkins Square has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.


> Check out the new Tompkins Square model guitar, built by Trevor Healy ! Video features William Tyler, Ryler Walker, Chris Forsyth and more.

March 5, 2016

Terry Easton - Claremont 2:05 P.M.

John Fahey Books

Just got a nice picture in the email of some Fahey collectibles. Nice autograph in the Patton book!

March 3, 2016

February 28, 2016

John Fahey plays Conley’s Nostalgia - A Fan Reminisces

It's always nice to hear from fans during Fahey Week, below is a memory and some great ticket stubs from a Fahey show right in my home town of Denver. I missed this show, I wasn't too hip to Fahey in 1986, too bad. I can sure appreciate saving the ticket stubs all these years, I have a collection of all mine. This show is listed in The John Fahey Handbook, Volume 2— on page 418, Appendix C. The year was 1986. What follows is Helen's recollection of that show.

I had not heard of John Fahey before I saw him play at Conley’s Nostalgia on this night in 1986. My friend and I sat right smack in front of the small platform that served as a stage, roughly four feet from John.
I never experienced live music in such a personal way before and I remember distinctly getting chills as he played In Christ There Is No East Or West and Sunflower River Blues.

There were only about 30 people in attendance that night. After the show, we went over to tell John how much we loved the show. I was so star struck that all I could manage to say was, “Wow that was really good!” as he shook my hand. He spoke with us for about 20 minutes or so…wish I could remember more of what we talked about.

I’ve always been a bit of an autograph hound so I was digging around in my purse for something for him to write on. The only thing I could come up with were the tickets from the show which you see here, and a business card from a barbeque place in Denver. He was such a good sport and signed all three for me, one after the other, as we spoke…he was so personable and charming. Another thing that impressed me is that he gave people his full attention when speaking with him.  John had a big energy…there was a presence about him…something I haven’t felt from many people. I count this night as one of the pinnacle experiences of my life. Let the music set you free.


The Interpretation of Blind Joe Death

Well here we are at the end of the week and it's Fahey's b-day and you get the gifts.  Hope you all liked the TAB book, quite hard to come by I believe.
And today I'm very fortunate to be able to make a few songs available for download.  Fahey songs by the faithful followers of the Takoma school of pickin' and grinin'.
I call it The Interpretation of BJD.  The following people contributed to this effort, please visit their sites and give them a listen.  The d/l link for this is at the bottom.

Jim Wilson plays fiddle and banjo with a southend-on-sea based band called The Lucky Strikes. Jim was more than happy to contribute an effort to the tribute, he lays down multiple instruments here on When the Catfish is in Bloom.

Pat O’Connell’s contribution is called America Medley.
Pat says: I decided to record a medley of tunes from my favorite Fahey album, America. One of the things I love about America is the consistent tone and mood throughout the entire work. It's almost as if it was all recorded in one sitting (maybe it was?) Like America the country, this album is a melting pot of influences from Country Blues to Classical to Appalachian Folk all tied together with one unified voice. The notes ring out with expansiveness reminiscent of the American landscape.
Fahey explores the classic open G tuning (DGDGBD) to the max on this album. I strung together all the pieces in this tuning and was surprised at how well they all seemed to complement one another, despite their different origins and time signatures.
Starting with the Classical-influenced "Dvorak".
Then into the spiritual blues "Jesus is a Dying Bedmaker" (yes that's spelled Bedmaker. Who better to make a pallet than Christ himself?)
Then into "Special Rider Blues".
Then into "Finale".
Then "Amazing Grace".
And finally, the upbeat "Song #3", which ends with the final chord from "Special Rider" (had to sneak that in!)
I've never played these tunes as a medley before. This was something I came up with just for Fahey Week.

Ragtime Ralph did a great version of Poor Boy Long Ways From Home that I just had to put on here.  This is from The Backporch Drifters release.

J Scott Moore – That’s me. Here’s a version of Sunflower River Blues.

John Amidei’s myspace page is full of Fahey tunes that he very graciously sent to me for this tribute.
About John- I grew up in the mountains around Durango and Silverton, here in Colorado. In my early years I attended many Ute and Navajo Pow-Wows and dance events and love the music of the deserts- the music of winds and strings make me feel at home. I studied Music Composition and conducting in Denver at Metro State College but I settled on Bluegrass Music for my social music, African, Indian, and Indonesian music for inspiration, the intricate Fingerstylings of the Blues- (John Fahey and others) for my personal meditations and health.
I have been a professional Interior Space Designer for many years but recently threw my past away to experience my life in a completely new profession as an entrepreneur. I guess, after all, I work for the same reason that I play--To communicate, to learn more about myself and others, and to grow more involved with people and more in love with life every day.

Thanks to ALL who helped out this week! Hope you all enjoyed it.

So d/l this thing and give it a listen!

John Fahey Guitar Tab

Today I've got a guest post from Dale Cotton of Ontario, Canada.  Dale is often found on the Yahoo! Fahey forum.  

New Era Guitars
Here is a tab I made decades ago and have recently worked on some more. I realize there are already tabs for this piece available, but hopefully having a different read on the same piece will be of use to somebody out there. In particular I've made more of an attempt to visually indicate rhythm/duration than is usually provided. The main thing, of course, with double-thumbing is that the base line falls on the beat and the notes in the melody line either fall on the beat as well (pinch) or between beats (roll). Since we have recordings to imitate, we don't really need to have any more than that in the notation. For me, it's just easier to read music without losing my place when I can see markings that group notes together by beat. The exact nature of the markings isn't all that important.

Joe Kirby Blues

BTW: I've noticed that many people these days seem to scorn tab, if anything even more than they scorn sheet music, especially in the realm of folk and blues. The case seems to be that it's more authentic to learn by imitating a live performance, and if that's not available, to imitate a recording. No argument from me ... so far as it goes. But allow me to gently point out that tablature precedes even what we now call "standard" or sheet music notation by centuries. Tab was written and widely circulated in Europe from the medieval era, through the renaissance, and well into the baroque, especially for plucked string instruments like the lute and guitar. If tablatures had not been written down back then, there are hundreds of popular songs and instrumental compositions that would long since have vanished from the face of the planet. And many of these are much closer in spirit to what we now call finger picking than anything from the intervening centuries.

The very fact that John Fahey didn't have to (re-)invent open tunings seems to be due to the spread of two remarkable guitar compositions we still know today, and both of which John Fahey recorded: Spanish Fandango and Sebastopol. These were written in the mid-1800s in open tuning and were known throughout North America, not via recordings or live concerts, but via sheet music. These two compositions were used over and over again in the instruction books that went hand in hand with the sale of the wildly popular parlour guitar of that era. John was a student of blues history; he would have known this to be true.

A century later, I like many thousands of others were able to learn acoustic guitar after being seduced by Blind Joe Death and company, not via tracking down John Fahey, then somehow getting him to teach us how to play. Instead, we bought books of tablature by Happy Traum, Stefan Grossman, and others. An entire generation of amateur guitarists who can read tablature as easily as you can read this page was born. Yes, folks: somehow we made do without YouTube in that unimaginably primitive era. ;)

And just to complete the circle: it's not inconceivable that John Fahey's compositions will be rediscovered a thousand years from now, not via recordings on obsolete media whose every bit has long since been scrambled, but via yellowed and tattered paper tablatures uncovered in some archeological dig. I've read that JF carried a book of lute tablature in his guitar case when he traveled - and while my suspicion was that he thought it might prove useful for impressing impressionable young ladies ;) - I also suspect he had heard lute recordings that struck a chord and fully intended to have a go at the material. So the tablature connection with even as inveterately an ear player as JF was may not be *quite* as remote as we might otherwise believe.

Thanks to Dale for taking the time to work on a classic Fahey tune.  

I also wish to present to you some tabs sent to me by Paul...

Is there anything better than this?  No.  So I suggest that if you haven't already, you sit right down and learn this.  Oh, and here is a tab of it!

And here's some more Fahey tab.  I think all of this is already out there but I also think it's good to get different interpretations of them out there so you might want to check these out even if you recognize that they are already tabbed out some where on the web.

Thanks to Paul for sending these to me.  He's been working hard lately tabbing and there is some more I'll be posting for him soon.  Some nice surprises for sure!!!
I've got some minor news regarding Fahey tabs.  I have it on good authority that Stropes is considering a re-issue of the long out-of-print Fahey Xmas tab book.  Some errors would be fixed and possibly even some songs would be added.  It is not currently a work in progress, I'm told, but the idea is there.  

February 27, 2016

John Fahey - Blind Joe Death Unreissued 1959 Versions

On Doing an Evil Deed Blues
In Christ There Is No East or West
The Transcendental Waterfall
Desperate Man Blues
West Coast Blues.

Here are some notes on these titles from
Rather than simply repressing the original "gas station" edition of the album, Fahey felt his playing had improved enough to warrant recording anew several tracks he was no longer satisfied with, which he did in April of 1964. Though the cover of the reissue would declare that Fahey had newly recorded five songs for the second edition ("On Doing an Evil Deed Blues," "In Christ There Is No East or West," "The Transcendental Waterfall," "Desperate Man Blues," and "Uncloudy Day"), a comparison of the tracks made in '59 and '64 reveals that "Uncloudy Day" is the same recording. "St. Louis Blues" was slightly edited from the 1959 original, eliminating the song's opening verse. Dropped altogether was Fahey's version of Blind Blake's "West Coast Blues." (John was never pleased with his recordings of the song. He later claimed he couldn't use the original version because the only surviving copy of the album had a bullet hole through the track!) To compensate for the missing song Fahey recorded a nearly 11-minute take of "The Transcendental Waterfall," expanding the length of the original version by some four minutes. This song is important as an early example of Fahey's stretching of musical form and harmony. His experimentation with noise and meaningful dissonance was still coming into focus. "'...Waterfall' was premature," notes John; "only now can I play that kind of stuff."

Once again Damian has sent these files my way, thanks!!!

February 26, 2016

Ralph Johnston - Worried Blues

Ralph playing John Fahey's version of Worried Blues by Frank Hutchison

John Fahey - New Sounds on WNYC 1991

     by Tyler Wilcox
Dig into an hour's worth of music and chat with John Fahey, broadcast in the early 1990s on John Schaefer's New Sounds program on WNYC. This period is a bit of a "lost" era for Fahey, as he battled Epstein-Barr virus and various psychological traumas. Typically, John is very candid in recounting these troubles during the interview segments -- Schaefer seems a bit taken aback by some of the guitarist's casual revelations. But Fahey sounds in good spirits, despite some dark turns, discussing the early Takoma Records days and fellow players like Leo Kottke and Robbie Basho ("I never liked him," Fahey says of the latter), and even apologizing profusely for coming up with the term "American Primitive." And the playing is sharp and enjoyable, including some choice selections from the then-new Old Girlfriends & Other Horrible Memories, as well as a nice rendition of Robert Johnson's "Come On In My Kitchen" (which Fahey would record with Cul de Sac a few years later).

Download it HERE


February 25, 2016

John Fahey - Live at Stoneybrook 1972

John Fahey - Live at Stoneybrook 1972
01 Medley - Sunflower River Blue - Revolt of the Dyke Brigade - Requiem for John Hurt
02 Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend
03 The Death of the Clayton Peacock
04 Fare Forward Voyagers
05 On the Sunny Side of the Ocean - Spanish Two Step
06 Lion
07 The Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain
08 In Christ There is no East of West Fantasy

Download  Stoneybrook 

Another one from Damian!!  Thanks!!

February 24, 2016

Ralph Johnston - Delta Slider Blues

Now seriously, who gets a song dedicated to their blog?...I do! Ha! It's really an honor to have Ralph do this song and name it Delta Slider Blues. So cool. The tuning is EBBEBD

Thanks Ralph!

John Fahey - The Jabberwocky Nightclub 1972 live bootleg

This has been posted before but Damian has sent me a better sound quality version with some editing.  Oh, and this time the titles are correct!

The Jabberwocky Nightclub
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

01 Medley_ Stomping Tonight Fantasy _ In Christ There Is No East Or West _ Beverly
02 The Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain
03 Fare Forward Voyagers
04 Medley_ Some Summer Day _ Brenda's Blues _ When You Wore A Tulip (& I Wore A Big Red Rose)

Get it here: Jabberwocky


February 23, 2016

John Fahey live Sept,1999 in Dublin

John Fahey live Sept,1999 in Dublin


John Fahey - Andy Kershaw Session 1987 (BBC)

St. Patrick
Spanish Two-Step
On the Sunny Side of the Ocean
Dance of Death
Supposedly, Richard Thompson, the great English acoustic-electric guitarist and singer-songwriter, a Fahey fan himself, was so appalled at what he perceived to be Fahey's sloppiness in this set that he phoned Andy Kershaw and asked to record an acoustic set for the programme to make up for it, in some karmic way. Richard was probably unaware of Fahey's various health problems, which by 1987 were beginning to affect his guitar playing. from:

I would not characterize this as a poor effort. There are a few bum notes but it sounds lively and the production is excellent.

The 1980 Fahey release "Yes! Jesus Loves Me" finds Fahey giving a previously recorded hymn a make over. Saint Patrick's Hymn from Transfiguration is given to a more bluesy interpretation and doubled in length. Great piece now called simply, St. Patrick

This appears to be the only live recording Dance of Death. I find this live version of the song important for a couple reasons. First, and this may sound silly, but I feel rather awed to hear Fahey playing this live, I guess because I have always thought that this was one crazy sounding piece of music. As though I have subconsciously been suspicious that Fahey was using some sort of studio trickery to play this song. The tuning, the dissonance, the meter all combine to make it sound as if one man couldn't really play it all by himself.

This download is an edit of the radio show, the DJ has been removed and Nightmare/Summertime is missing but the quality is excellent.

The edit of John Fahey on the BBC

UPDATE: When I wrote this post I knew it was missing a song: Nightmare/Summertime. I had the post all written up before I discovered it. Then I spent a fair time searching for it to no avail. By the time I posted this, I had forgotten to mention it.
Fortunately, Joe over at the John Fahey blog noticed it and did something about it!! I must say that is a much better version than the sad one presented on the studio release. Thanks to Joe and Stephen!  The radio show version is not as high quality as the other source but has other advantages noted above.  I would get both!!

Download the radio show

February 22, 2016

John Fahey Guitar TAB

Back with some more guitar TAB!  Too bad it takes me 300 years to learn one song!  How about you?  I know some people learn this stuff quickly so here's a couple more from MTW !!

Today it's a duo of open D tuning!

Steve Talbot on the Keddie Wye
From the liner notes: First he worked on the Espee, later the Western Pacific. He used to tell me hair-raising stories about running down out of the mountains and hitting the Wye and the tunnel at Keddie, California going west. Feather River Route. Now, I hear the whole town's for sale. Nevertheless, the Union Pacific bought the W.P. Something's up.

Really nice to get some Fahey TABs that you just don't see out there on the internet.
Dianne Kelly  is from one of my favorite titles in the long and impressive list of Fahey titles.  Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories.

I was just reading where Woody Guthrie said to collect titles, good titles and save them up.  Funny, cause I think I've come up with some good ones in the past, and they are around here some where.  But there's so few of my own songs that I've composed that each one has about three titles!

John Fahey - Live at Swarthmore College 1968 & Carnegie Hall 1973

Great to hear such an enthusiastic crowd at this show.

A note on the quality of the recording.  Realize that this is a recording made by an audience member most likely on the sly and the year is 1968.  I don't know who did this but bless him!!

A note on the quality of the performance.  Fahey is in fine form and complete control of his guitar, his fingers and his musical pieces.  In short, playing like a stud.

Fair warning, when track three is over, it'll break your heart.

1. Some Summer Day/Joe Kirby Blues
2. The Death Of The Clayton Peacock/Worried Blues
3. Requiem For Russell Blaine Cooper/Variations On The Coocoo


Since this is such a short show I can offer both the lossless format and the mp3.

Download FLAC

Download Mp3

Carnegie Hall
And here is the Carnegie Hall show.  Wow, I think that means you've really made it!

Stupid piano!!!!  Just imagine Fahey sitting out there on that vast stage.  Just him and his guitar, sitting on a chair...playing...

This is a quite good recording, again for the time, 1973, but quite good even so.  I hope you enjoy this one, I love FFV.  Just one of my all time favorites and then he wraps it with Beverly.  Can't get much better for me!

Only MP3 for this one.

Download it here.


February 21, 2016

John Fahey Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop 1972 and Wolfgang's Vault

"Wolfgang's Vault is the world's largest online archive dedicated exclusively to great live music and vintage music memorabilia."  So they say...

What began in 2003 with the personal archives of famed promoter Bill Graham now includes 12 different collections.

Music fans find free music streaming online here, along with thousands of concert recordings from the last 50 years, digital downloads, as well as vintage rock posters,rock photography, and vintage and retro concert t-shirts

Availability for John Fahey currently includes this stuff.

But here is a show you can have for free...d/l it HERE

John Fahey
McCabe's Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, CA
Sep. 1972

01. Stomping Tonight on the Pennsylvania-Alabama Border/When The Fire & The Rose Are One/Beverly
02. The Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain
03. On the Sunny side of the Ocean/Logan County Blues/Hawaiian 2-Step
04. Lion
05. Wine & Roses

February 19, 2016

John Fahey - University Of Washington, 1973

John Fahey
Date: 1973, Jan. or Feb. (or April 20th, see note below)
Location: Seattle, WA
Venue: University Of Washington
Source: FM radio broadcast

01. Dj Intro
02. thus Krishna on the battlefield -> fare forward voyagers
03. dance of the inhabitants of the palace of king Phillip XIV of Spain
04. sunflower river blues -> revolt of the dyke brigade -> requiem for Mississippi John Hurt
05. stomping tonight on the Pennsylvania / alabama border -> in christ there is no east or west -> beverly 06. DJ Outro

Length: 70:18

Recorded off of KOL FM, as noted by the DJ in the outro. The excellent John Fahey Handbook, Vol.2, appendix C "Concerts - Gigs" lists a show on April 20th at the U of Wash and says it was broadcast on KOL. However, in appendix B, list of bootlegs makes no mention of an April 20th show, but does list a Jan or Feb show. Me suspects they may be one in the same.

Art is included in download, flac files at the link.

Get it here.

February 18, 2016

John Fahey - Aurora, Oregon 1999

This is from Fahey's electric phase,  not eclectic, that would be his whole career, eh?  Death Don't have no Mercy in This Land has some classic Fahey chatter just before the tune.  So actually at the end of track two, where he starts off telling us how he stole this song (sound familiar?) but recants on a technically, hilarious   Then tells us the difference between spirituals and gospel songs concluding with, "...hardly anybody knows that, I hardly know it myself."  Ha!!
Another gem from Damian.

01 Untitled
02 Song By Route 99
03 Death Don't Have No Mercy In This Land
04 Juana
05 Son House _ Marylin _ My Prayer


February 17, 2016

John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers Tab

Just the other day a message pops up on the Fahey board saying, hey I did a tab of Fahey's FFV and here it is if anyone wants it.  Wow, that's a 20 minute song!  That's a lot of tab.  That man is Nikita K. and to add to it he has a YouTube of it as well.  I encourage you to check it out.  Fantastic.

You can download the full tab (all 43 pages) HERE  It's a great lookin' tab from one of the computer TAB programs, very readable.

Going to be very light around here this week.  Normally I run a Fahey week but I've been rather busy lately and didn't work up a week's worth of material.  But, today in 2001, Fahey left this world but also left us his music.  So have a seat, download the tab and pay tribute by playing Fare Forward Voyagers.

February 16, 2016

John Fahey - Peel Sessions May 28th 1969

What do we have today, you ask?  Well how about a little bootleg Fahey from the BBC?  Paul Bryant says that the first time he heard Fahey was on John Peel's show, then called Top Gear.  And thank goodness for that!  Bryant went on to be a bit of a Fahey fan contributing/managing, etc to the huge collection of Fahey info available at

Yeah, just your average fan...hehehe

It was Death of the Clayton Peacock that did the poor man in, for life.  That track is included in the files I have, but unfortunately not all of the tracks are here.  They are probably out there some where...  I have the following tracks in my files, offered here for your enjoyment.

Download Fahey Peel Sessions 1969

Bucktown Stomp
The Death of the Clayton Peacock
Sunflower River Blues
In Christ There is no East or West
Steel Guitar Rag

Info about this session HERE is from the site.

Here is the info available from the BBC site on this session.
22/05/1969 - John Fahey
TX - 28/05/1969
Producer - Pete Ritzema
Engineer - Mike Harding
Studio - Studio S2, Sub-Basement, Broadcasting House
Buckingham Stomp
Death Of The Claytown Peacock
Sunflower River Blues
In Christ There Is No East Or West
Steel Guitar Rag
Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip Xv
Some Summer Day
Poor Boy

If anyone has the complete session I would love to hear it, also curious what Peel had to say.  These tracks are chit-chat free.
Oh, and also free!

John Fahey - BBC Night Ride 1969

Well look here!  We gots us some Fahey on the radio!  I posted this show back during the 2011 Fahey week.  However, if you prefer a little more feel for how it was broadcast, this version has a little banter on either side of the tunes by John Peel.

Thanks to Damian for sending this along and encouraging me to share it.

Here's the setlist

Bucktown Stomp
The Death of the Clayton Peacock
Sunflower River Blues
In Christ There is no East or West
Steel Guitar Rag

Download it now!!

February 15, 2016

John Fahey - live bootleg The Barn University of California Riverside, CA

Painting by Fahey
John Fahey as Jim Jones...
One day I was talking to one of my co-workers and I said something about Jim Jones and got a blank stare.  Now the blank stare is more my shtick than his so I reminded him of the guy that got something like 900 people to commit suicide...nothing.  Then I had a senior moment.  Not that I forgot anything other than the fact that I was talking to a 20-something kid.  And that will make ya feel old.  He actually thought I was bullshitting him.  Well. Anyway...
John Fahey was having a Jim Jones moment that was brought up on the Fahey forum recently and there were some interested in hearing it.  I happen to have it so I thought I would share it.

Here is the text, as transcribed from the Fahey forum:

Oh, I just want to take a cigarette's this dissolute, horrible, disgusting, nauseating guitar-playing, travelling around, picking up girls...after a while it gets to you. One day...ah‚ my life is bad enough without having to listen to...mumble... I think I'll take up a different line. I don't know how to do anything except play the guitar and be sinful and lead a dissolute life and travel around and be nauseating... and get people to feel sorry for me. Yeah but who wants to go to a gym and... I mean I used to do that. Oh there must be some way out of this awful life. In fact I tried suicide and it won't work, I really did, sixty-five, thirty-forty valium, I woke up in intensive care. You know...three days and three nights in a motel room. Doctor said, well if that won't kill you nothing will. There's no way OUT. Got a gun but my psychiatrist took my gun away. He won't gimme any more sleeping pills. He's got my gun in his closet. I wonder what else is in that closet, what he's got from his other patients...I mean it's been six years and I'm still sweating, leading a dissipated sinful nauseating disgusting life, playing guitar, picking up girls, sleeping, playing guitar. Surely there must be a better way to live. If I could only find it. I could go to sleep. We could all go to sleep. Why don't we all go home and - why don't we go out back and have a joint suicide? Let's all go out back and commit suicide. Every one of us. The neat thing would be when the newspapers come they won't know what happened. Nobody will be able to figure it out. Ergh......noisy places, fulla cigarette smoke. Well, I got through that cigarette...

Downloading the whole show

John Fahey
6 November 1976
The Barn
University of California
Riverside, CA

Track list:
Disc 1
01. Thus Krishna on the Battlefield & Fare Forward Voyagers
02. Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend...& Death of the Clayton Peacock & How Green Was My Valley
03. Mark 1:15
04. "cigarette break"
05. On the Sunny Side of the Ocean & Spanish Two-Step

Disc 2
01. Christ Saints of God Fantasy & Stomping Tonight on the Pennsylvania Alabama Border & In Christ There Is No East or West & Beverly
02. Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain
03. Some Summer Day & Brenda's Blues & Spanish Dance
04. On the Sunny Side of the Ocean & Spanish Dance
05. ...Lion
06. Melody McBad & Revolt of the Dyke Brigade & Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt
07. The Discovery of Sylvia Scott

This is a big file, 310mb so be patient.  Get it HERE

February 14, 2016

John Fahey - January 1968: Live in Santa Barbara, California

Here is a great boot from 1968. 

Great performance, not a great recording, but no matter, the music makes up for it.

January 1968: Live in Santa Barbara, California

1. The Yellow Princess (8:07)

2. Requiem for Molly Part Five (8:31)
3. Requiem for Lion (5:58)
4. Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion at Magruder Park (11:53)
5. Irish Setter (9:58)
44:27 total time

What a great set!  I think this is the only boot that I have with Irish Setter on it.  I've always loved that song. All kinds of good chit-chat from Fahey.
Get it here: Santa Barbara

John Fahey - Bucktown Stomp & Dalhart, TX 1967 Guitar TAB

John Fahey and guitar TAB.  I expect your heart is racing.  Mine is!  If you were drooling over the FFV tab posted early this week, you may have noticed a few comments about TAB sharing.

Well MTW has very generously offered to share some Fahey TABs of his own.  These are his hand-written works.  Part of a life-time of playing and TABing Fahey's works.

So what have we got?  Well we've got a couple pieces that aren't really found out there on the internet so dig in and start picking!  It's Fahey's birthday!!

Bucktown Stomp


Dalhart, TX 1967

If you benefit from these like I will, be sure to drop a Thank You in the comments!

February 13, 2016

John Fahey - Louisville 1977

01 Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend
02 How Green Was My Valley
03 Worried Blues
04 Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
05 The Red Pony
06 Ann Arbour _ Death By Reputation
07 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
08 Stomping Tonight Fantasy _ In Christ There Is No East Or West _ Beverly
09 The Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain
10 Some Summer Day
11 Medley_ Candy Man _ Brenda's Blues _ Spanish Dance
12 St. Louis Blues
13 Mark 1.15

Thanks again to Damian for taking so much time to get these files to me.  Are your ears exploding yet?


February 7, 2016

Glenn Jones -"Fleeting" out March 18

"Flower Turned Inside-Out" is from the upcoming Glenn Jones album "Fleeting," out March 18, 2016 on Thrill Jockey Records.

Upcoming tour dates announced!
Mar. 19 - Somerville, MA - Arts at the Armory Cafe (presented by Journeys in Sound)
Mar. 28 - Providence, RI - Aurora Providence
Apr. 3 - Quebec City, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec (early show at 11 a.m.)
Apr. 4 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
Apr. 5 - Toronto, ON - Tranzac Club
Apr. 8 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom Cafe (Mission Creek Festival)
Apr. 9 - Chicago, IL - Constellation Chicago
Apr. 10 - Lexington, KY - Natasha's
Apr. 12 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light
Apr. 13 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
Apr. 14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight Bar & Club
Apr. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda
Apr. 16 - Harrisburg, PA - Der Maennerchor Cathedral Room