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Wednesday, Oct 11 2017 | 20:11
Image: 1615686 A deeply innovative musician whose style is
credited as the foundation for the minimalist style
of American Primitive Guitar, the output of John
Fahey is both illustrious, far-reaching in its
influence, and difficult to categorize. From the
1960s through the 1990s, Fahey's music
frequently leapt between the realms of jazz, folk,
world music, blues, country, and avant garde in
equal measure, while demonstrating the wide
range of flavors to be found in traditional
finger-picking guitar techniques. Poor health and
poverty dogged him towards the end of his life
however, leading to his death in 2001, only to be
posthumously ranked by Rolling Stone magazine
as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time a
few years later.
Fahey's approach to the guitar is on full display on
his first major label release in 1972. Of Rivers And
Religion is heavily indebted to the Delta Blues of
the 1930s, as well as New Orleans Dixieland jazz,
and is notable among his works as the first to
feature a larger ensemble of musicians, (An array
of brass, string, and reed instruments accompany
Fahey's finger-picking and slide guitar work)
including contributions by Chris Darrow of The
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Of Rivers And Religion was
acclaimed in its time, and now stands as one of
Fahey's finest efforts.

A1. Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend
A2. Medley: Deep River / Ol' Man River
A3. Dixie Pig Bar-B-Q Blues
A4. Texas And Pacific Blues
B1. Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt
B2. Medley: By The Side Of The Road / I Come, I Come
B3. Lord Have Mercy
B4. Song Available from 03.11.2017
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