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Glenn Jones - 100% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk R&B / Soul
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Jack Rose - 94% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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c.1971, Virginia, USA. Rose’s guitar playing attracted attention with 90s noise/drone group Pelt, alongside Skip James Connell, Patrick Best and Mike Gangloff. Pelt evolved from electric to acoustic and with some personnel changes remained popular with latter-day folk audiences, making some acclaimed records, including 2001’s Ayahuasca. After settling in Philadelph Read more

Robbie Basho - 66% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Daniel Robinson, 31 August 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 28 February 1986, Berkeley, California, USA. Orphaned in his early childhood, Basho was raised by Dr. Donald R. Robinson and his wife in Baltimore. After attending military school he went to the University of Maryland to study medicine, but a career in the health service was derailed when Robinson bought a 12-stri Read more

Six Organs of Admittance - 54% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Often marrying intricate and accomplished acoustic guitar work with a layered, discordant but carefully placed blare of distorted electric guitars, the brooding psychedelic folk of Ben Chasny (California, USA; ex-Plague Lounge) was built on contradictions. Founded in McKinleyville, Northern California, in 1998, Six Organs Of Admittance was essentially a Chasny solo project t Read more

Leo Kottke - 49% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 September 1945, Athens, Georgia, USA. This inventive guitarist drew inspiration from the country-blues style of Mississippi John Hurt, and having taken up the instrument as an adolescent, joined several aspiring mid-60s groups. Induction into the US Navy interrupted his progress, but the artist was discharged following an accident that permanently damaged his hearing. Kot Read more

John Fahey - 47% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues Folk Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Aloysius Fahey, 28 February 1939, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, d. 22 February 2001, Salem, Oregon, USA. Fahey learned to play country-style guitar in the footsteps of Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold at the age of 14, inspired by the recordings of Blind Willie Johnson, and other blues greats. He toured during his teens with Henry Vestine (later of Canned Heat), and studied Read more

John Renbourn - 46% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 August 1944, Marylebone, London, England. Renbourn received his first guitar at the age of 13, insisting on the present because he wished to emulate the singing cowboys he had seen in American movies. After a brief dalliance with classical music he turned his attention to folk. Having flirted with various part-time electric bands (including the blues-inclined Hogsnort Rupe Read more

Matt Costa - 45% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 2000s
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Matthew Albert Costa, 16 June 1982, Huntington Beach, California, USA. Although he learned to play guitar in his early teens, singer-songwriter Costa was more intent on a pro-skateboarding career. A bad injury curtailed his plans and while he was recovering from a broken leg, Costa turned his attention back to music. His early demos came to the attention of No Doubt guitaris Read more

Davy Graham - 37% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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22 November 1940, Leicester, England, of Scottish and Guyanese parents. An influential guitarist in British folk circles, Graham’s itinerant travels throughout Europe and North Africa resulted in a cosmopolitan and unorthodox repertoire. By the early 60s he was a fixture of the London fraternity and his 1961 recording with Alexis Korner, 3/4 A.D. , showcased his excepti Read more

Sandy Bull - 32% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk
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Bert Jansch - 31% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 November 1943, Glasgow, Scotland. This highly gifted acoustic guitarist and influential performer learned his craft in Edinburgh’s folk circle before being absorbed into London’s burgeoning circuit, where he established a formidable reputation as an inventive guitar player. His 1965 debut, Bert Jansch, is a landmark in British folk music and includes ‘Do You Read more

Chris Thile - 29% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Classical Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Christopher Scott Thile, 20 February 1981, Oceanside, California, USA. Interested in music from early childhood, Thile became adept on mandolin and guitar as well as several other related instruments. He played attracted considerable attention as a member of Nickel Creek, a progressive acoustic trio, the members of which had first met in 1989. The others were brother and sis Read more

Michael Hedges - 29% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental New Age
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 December 1958, California, USA, d. 30 November 1997, Mendocino County, USA. This American guitarist, singer and composer moved from a highly individual instrumental style to a growing acclaim as a singer and composer, cut short by his death in a car accident. Hedges grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and began playing the piano at the age of four. At high school he played cello an Read more

Stefan Grossman - 28% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues Easy Listening Folk Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 April 1945, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Grossman discovered traditional music during his forays into Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. He studied under Rev. Gary Davis and absorbed the country blues technique of Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James before forming the influential Even Dozen Jug Band in 1963. Three years later, Grossman recorded and Read more

Peter Walker - 21% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
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