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Jack Rose - 72% 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 - 55% 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 - 46% 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

John Fahey - 36% 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

Glenn Jones - 27% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
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Mountains - 26% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
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Sandy Bull - 26% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk
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Oren Ambarchi - 22% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1969, Sydney, Australia. Ambarchi is an electronic guitarist and percussionist who creates music that rejects conventional instrumental approaches. It is perhaps telling that Ambarchi is the co-organiser of an Australian experimental music festival, What Is Music? He also teaches improvisation at the University of Western Sydney. Ambarchi initially played drums in a group na Read more

Windy & Carl - 20% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren are a husband and wife duo from Dearborn, Michigan whose hypnotic brand of space rock is built upon the careful layering of effects and drones using bass and electric guitar. The overall effect is like the most ethereal aspects of the Cocteau Twins divorced from traditional rock concepts like verse-chorus song structure, lyrics, and percussion. Sin Read more

Espers - 18% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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This psych folk outfit was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in 2002. Using a variety of weird and wonderful instruments as well as the standard guitar, drums and bass, the band has enjoyed a steady rise in profile rarely seen with an outfit within their genre. Beginning as a trio comprising Greg Weeks (USA; dulcimer, guitar, violin, keyboards, vocals), Meg Baird (b Read more

Leo Kottke - 18% 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

Peter Walker - 18% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World Music
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Richard Youngs - 18% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Jazz New Age Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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29 May 1966, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England. The reclusive multi-instrumentalist Richard Youngs is one of the most original artists to emerge on the UK music scene for quite some time. Youngs is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and in addition to his musical outpourings is also a part-time librarian and vegetarian cooking columnist. To gain some comprehension of the reasoning Read more

Rachel's - 17% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Beginning as a side-project, the experimental USA alt rock outfit Rachel’s eventually became a full-time proposition for its members, Jason Noble (guitar/bass), Christian Fredricksen (violin), and Rachel Grimes (piano). The Louisville, Kentucky, USA-based unit debuted in 1991 with a cassette-only release, Rachel’s Halo, before Noble returned to his main outfit, Rodan. Read more

Michael Chapman - 16% match to James Blackshaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 January 1941, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. A former teacher of art and photography, Chapman emerged from the relative obscurity of Britain’s folk club circuit with his 1969 debut, Rainmaker. This exceptional release, which contrasted excellent acoustic performances with a handful of rock-based pieces, revealed a gifted songwriter/guitarist and established his lachrymos Read more


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