dfbm #83 - Morning Raga Pt. VIII

dfbm #83
Morning Raga Pt. VIII

dfbm #83 - Morning Raga Pt. VIII

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Welcome to the next installment of the Morning Raga guitar soli series. Two hours of uninterupted american primitive, fingerstyle guitar and anything related. I dug out some gems by contemporary guitarists and a few that are quite old, but still shiny.

It starts with a track from Chuck Johnson's new album Velvt Arc. Like the late William Tyler or Chris Forsyth, Johnson attempts to fuse americana with krautrock. Works well, no question. It's also an interesting twist, how the German krautrock, influenced by British and American psych rock, gets reintroduced into American pop culture.

Right after that, is someone I'm getting really excited about. Jakub Šimanský, a guitarist from the Czech Republic who just finished an album full of solo guitar tunes. Inspired by Daniel Bachman, Jack Rose and John Fahey is Šimanský on the right track to find his own voice in the guitar game. It's going to be released this year as a joint venture between Dying For Bad Music and Tape Ty.
Fun fact: the well known Dobro resonator guitars have their roots in Slovakia, where the Dopyera brothers, John and Emil were born. They emigrated to the US and founded the Dobro Manufacturing Company in 1928. Circle closed!

Another promising and pretty good, young guitar player is Jack Wirth from England. Keep your ears peeled!

Christoph Bruhn from the Grass-Tops Recording posse is about to drop a new album in the next months. The preview tracks sound pretty promising!

The story behind the reissue of the Gimmer Nicholson album is a fascinating one and can be read here. Unbelievable how much wonderful music already exists.

That leads me to Arvid Smith who recorded some John Fahey cover versions in 1975 for a tribut album on Stefan Großman's Kicking Mule Record label. Smith didn't knew if the songs were used until a year after the release of the compilation, in 1980. He recived a letter from a German fan, telling him how much he liked his versions on that Fahey tribut. Apparently the information that the compilation got released, got lost between Berkley, CA where Kicking Mule Records was operating from and Gainsville, FL where Smith was living at the time. This compilation album is the only one that got released in Fahey's lifetime. A real gem! Smith is still making music.

Hallock Hill is the musical project by Tom Lecky. Lot's of layered and improvised guitar. Haunting and beautiful! Together with Tim Noble, he is working on new recordings under the moniker Some Sky. You can follow their progress on the Some Sky website.

There are is so much more to say about the music on this mix, but I leave it with that.

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  1. Chuck Johnson Middle Water Velvet Arc 2016 web
  2. Jakub Šimanský Variations on J.F. Face To Face Against American Primitivism In Eastern Europe Vol. 1 2016 web
  3. Forklongdaruplat Estudios Sencillos, Estudio no. 6; (cover) Leo Brouwer web
  4. Crystalline Roses with The Yankee Entertainer Got to Be Hope Somewhere Two Man Cult 2016 web
  5. Norberto Lobo Pen Ward Fornalha 2014 web
  6. Jack Wirth Murder Mystery Bad Spirits 2016 web
  7. Rick Tomlinson An Hour Before Dawn Now Is The Winter Of Our Discount Tents 2005 discogs
  8. Jonathan Nankof Southland Sketches: III. Allegretto Grazioso Solo Guitar I 2016 web
  9. Saw Mill Lafayette Evergreen 2015 web
  10. Library of Babel Deer Park Library of Babel 2016 web
  11. Christoph Bruhn Steel Beam Graveyard Chandelier 2016 web
  12. Waswas Useless structures Attempting Levitation 2015 web
  13. Yuichi Ushioda Mirrors and Fatherhood 8 Songs 2011 web
  14. Bob Hadley Reflections on English Bay The Raven 2008 discogs
  15. Jerry Hionis Hajj: Part 1 American Nasheeds 2016 web
  16. Richard Osborn Knights of the Interior Castle Giving Voice Guitar Explorations 2012 web
  17. Borealis Hijos y padres de esclavos Los ojos del sobremundo 2012 web
  18. Hallock Hill The Chair The Union / A Hem Of Evening 2012 web
  19. Estanislao Medina Peru: Adios, Puebla De Ayacucho The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 5 (Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48) 1998 discogs
  20. Arvid Smith The Yellow Princess A Tribute to John Fahey - American Primitive Guitar 1979 discogs
  21. Yair Yona Floodgate Opens to Allow a Ship To Come Through Live In Tel Aviv 2016 web
  22. Mariano Rodriguez The Mountain Window Con Una Guitarra Sola 2014 web
  23. Preston Reed Bye Bye Boo Boo Acoustic Guitar 1979 web
  24. Cian Nugent Ancient Gun New Music for Old Instruments 2012 web
  25. Gimmer Nicholson Millennial Harbinger Christopher Idylls 2016 discogs
  26. Bill MacKay Sunrise Sunrise: Bill MacKay Plays The Songs of John Hulburt 2015 web
  27. Danville Dan Foggy Bottom Shuffle Fonotone Records 1956-1969 (disc 1) web
  28. Jan Mörgenson Fret (Cold was the ground) FENSCH 2015 web


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