John Fahey Friends of Fahey Tribute
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- Released: July 13, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Slackertone Records
Dirty Linen - p.56"This was a labor of love by Tinh, and it shows in the details...Fahey might be gone, but his influence is still wide reaching, as this collection shows."
- 1.Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend - George Winston
- 2.I Remember John Fahey - Tinh
- 3.Spanish Nights - Woody Mann
- 4.How White's Restaurant Destroyed My Life - Mark Lemhouse
- 5.In John Fahey There Is No East Or West - John Doan
- 6.Witness To The Messenger - Peter Lang
- 7.Evolution Of Blind John Turtle - Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith
- 8.Fahey At Bush Park - Terry Robb
- 9.Home / Auld Lang Syne - Tinh
- 10.Poor Boy - Peter Lang
- 11.Under The Volcano - Stefan Grossman & John Renbourn
- 12.When Your Way Gets Dark - Paul Geremia
- 13.Impressions Of Susan - Terry Robb
- 14.Why Haven't I Heard From You? - John Fahey
- 15.Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend (Harmonica Version) - George Winston
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Mitch Greenhill (guitar).
Photographers: Tim Knight; D. Davis.
The album may have an awkward title, but the music it contains is both touching and generally quite graceful. It's an appropriate juxtaposition, since the album celebrates the life and music of guitarist John Fahey, who was himself the same kind of walking contradiction: a notoriously difficult personality with a rare musical gift that expressed itself in guitar compositions and arrangements that drew on the blues, folk, bluegrass, various world music cultures, and Native American influences as well. You'd expect a tribute album like this to consist of interpretations of Fahey compositions performed by admiring colleagues, but in fact it's something quite different: it consists mainly of compositions written in Fahey's honor (sometimes, though not always, in a style that explicitly evokes his own playing) and performed by admirers both famous (pianist George Winston, Canadian guitarist Terry Robb, guitar duo Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn) and obscure. Two of the album's most lovely and affecting tracks are by a Vietnamese guitarist who goes only by the name Tinh, and who was mentored by Fahey early in his career. Fellow Oregonian John Doan contributes a gorgeous adaptation of Fahey's setting of the hymn "In Christ There Is No East or West," and slide guitarist Mark Lemhouse plays an original tune called "How White's Restaurant Destroyed My Life." Winston contributes a piano arrangement of "Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend" at the top of the program and then a version of the same tune on harmonica at the end, and Paul Geremia gives a brilliant interpretation of an old Charley Patton song (Patton was the subject of Fahey's thesis in college). This is a worthy tribute to an unjustly neglected giant of American music. ~ Rick Anderson
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