July 27 — WHEN THE CATFISH IS IN BLOOM, John Fahey (1967)

8F12B689-526E-4C19-9E3D-C8CD6345401CDavid Johansen’s latest show has unearthed another gem for me. John Fahey was as prolific as he was eccentric, with influences ranging from Gregorian chants, to finger-picking bluegrass, to avant-garde. He discovered Leo Kottke, studied religion and philosophy, and was a modern-abstract painter. And he had a knack for writing good titles for his instrumental works, including “Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes” and “Dance of Inhabitants of Bladensburg.” And this.



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