dfbm #100 - Morning Raga Pt. 17 - 1000 Rose Edition

dfbm #100 - Morning Raga Pt. 17 – 1000 Rose Edition

dfbm #100 - Morning Raga Pt. 17 - 1000 Rose Edition

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Welcome to the 100th digital mixtape on Dying For Bad Music.

I'm using this milestone to highlight an upcoming festival of American Primitive Solo Guitar music, which will take place in Takoma Park, Maryland, the town where the young John Fahey evoked the Great Koonklaster. From April 13th till 15th, venues in Takoma Park will host around 30 shows and events, all centered around the music genre and the legacy of one of the most interesting music personalities in the last 100 years1.

The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose – A Festival of American Primitive Guitar.

When the guitarist John Fahey sat down to record “The Takoma Park Pool Hall Blues” for Fonotone Records in 1958 he could not have imagined that he was starting an artistic movement or that generations of players would follow in his footsteps. The number of players who have since taken up the American Primitive mantle has grown exponentially year-by-year and album-by-album. The term has come to refer to a certain approach to playing the guitar (or banjo) that favors emotion and mood over virtuosity for its own sake. It is only fitting that this festival is being staged in Takoma Park, Fahey’s boyhood home, and that 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of his very first recordings.
-- Press Release

The following mix consists of (almost) all artists you will be able to see there live.


The organizers Jesse Sheppard, Kathy Harr, Glenn Jones, Margaret Holt and Steve Korn managed to invite seasoned legends like Peter Walker, Max Ochs, Don Bikoff, Georg Stavis or Mark Fossom as well as younger players like Daniel Bachman, Sarah Louise, Rob Noyes, Nick Schillace, Marissa Anderson and Will Csorba.

Also, planned are panels with people who worked with or have written about Fahey, the screening of Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho and rare John Fahey and Jack Rose footage.

If you are not sold yet, read this interview with organizer Jesse Sheppard or listen to the Fretboard Journal podcast with Glenn Jones and then go to their website to get your weekend pass (or if you are tight in time or money, they have day passes now).

This is going to be the comic con for guitar nerds. A once in a life time opportunity to see so many talents, heroes and friends - a get together of all the people you might know from twitter, facebook or your favorite music blog.

To make it extra nerdy, I created an online app that you can load on your phone and it shows you places around Takoma Park that are referenced in John Fahey's song titles or that he mentioned in his book "How Bluegrass Destroyed my Life" (added by Simone Romei). The map also includes places connected to Robbie Basho, Daniel Bachman, Richard Osborn, Jack Rose and other guitarists. If you are traveling you might be near a location that inspired one or another song or record cover.

Visit https://map.dyingforbadmusic.com/discover#12.0000/38.9736/-77.0179 and add the link to your home screen.

Disclaimer: The app is beta and in case it doesn't work, here is a google map that you can use instead. Feel free to contribute to this map! Let me know what you think! dyingforbadmusic@gmail.com

To round up this great event, there is a new compilation with extensive liner notes by Glenn Jones, called Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963-1974, which gives a great entry point into the world of American fingerstyle guitar and banjo.

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  1. Alexander (alexander) Rob Noyes / Alexander split 7" 2017 discogs
  2. Dylan Golden Aycock Hurry Autumn Church of Level Track 2016 discogs
  3. Danny Paul Grody The Sitting Tree Furniture Music 2014 web
  4. Nick Schillace Your Memories Of Oklahoma Landscape And People 2008 discogs
  5. Chuck Johnson Golden Rose at Dawn Basket Full of Dragons (A Tribute to Robbie Basho, Vol II) 2016 discogs
  6. Daniel Bachman Seven Pines Seven Pines 2012 discogs
  7. Nathan Bowles Blank Range - Hog Jank II Whole And Cloven 2016 discogs
  8. Will Csorba Impressions of Susan (Fahey) The Last Chance 2016 web
  9. Richard Osborn Still I Will Be Merry Endless 2017 discogs
  10. Itasca Serpentine Creek Morning Flower 2018 web
  11. Don Bikoff Demise of the Zundapp Hallowed Ground 2014 discogs
  12. Joseph Allred Holy Blue Window (for Daniel) Fire And Earth 2016 discogs
  13. George Stavis Goblins Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 3 2008 discogs
  14. Peter Walker Steel String In C Major Live At Third Man Records 2015 discogs
  15. Max Ochs Hooray For Another Day Hooray For Another Day 2008 discogs
  16. Rob Noyes vi Rob Noyes 8/15/2017 2018 web
  17. Harry Taussig Above The Mountain's Scarlet Ring Too Late To Die Young 2016 web
  18. Isasa Aina Live at WFMU for Surface Noise with Joe McGasko, 6/24/2017 2017 discogs
  19. Mark Fosson Blue March Improvisation Solo Guitar 2017 web
  20. Alexander Turnquist Standing At The Entrance Of A Hidden City Imaginational Anthem 5 2012 discogs
  21. Matt Sowell Luke 7 North Winds Calling 2016 web
  22. Willie Lane 9v Power On Earth A Pine Tree Shilling's Worth of Willie Lane 2016 web
  23. Marisa Anderson Canaan's Land Marisa Anderson Folkadelphia Session 10/18/2013 2014 web
  24. Sarah Louise Evidence Of A Bear VDSQ Solo Acoustic Vol. 12 2016 discogs
  25. Glenn Jones A Lark in Earnest Barbecue Bob in Fishtown 2009 discogs
  26. Peter Lang Thoth Song John Fahey, Peter Lang, Leo Kottke 1973 discogs
  27. Charlie Schmidt Acidalia Planitia Xanthe Terra 2005 discogs

  1. With that being said, the festival is not a Fahey tribute per se, even if it takes place in the town Fahey named his influential record label after and all the participants are playing a style of American fingerstyle guitar that goes beyond blues picking and that was somehow established by John A. Fahey and jokingly called "American Primitive". 

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