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New News – John Fahey

Rare material from John Fahey is set to be exhumed on the upcoming box set ‘John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)’.

Very much a neglected figure, John Fahey is extremely important to the evolution of American music. An important figure in the blues and folk revival, he helped rediscover performers long since thought lost to music.

His own recordings were an extraordinary mixture of technical virtuosity and emotional depth.

Sadly passing away in 2001, some rare elements of the guitarist’s back catalogue have now been
unearthed.

Releasing his debut album ‘Blind Joe Death’ in 1959, the guitarist seemed to arrive fully formed.

However he did make earlier recordings, laying down instrumental tracks for the Fonotone label.

Issuing in tiny quantities, the songs were pressed onto 78RPM discs. Unusual even for the time, the Fonotone label handled a series of John Fahey tracks between 1958 and 1965.

It is this period which forms the spine of the new box set (via Tiny Mixtapes). ‘John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)’ promises countless rare material, including some cuts which have never been released on any format.

Dust-To-Digital are to handle the release, which will contain a total of five CDs. Joe Bussard controlled the Fonotone label, and his archives have proved to be an invaluable addition to the Fahey discography.

Containing 115 tracks, the upcoming box set is edited by fellow guitarist – and Fahey collaborator – Glenn Jones, with the full approval of the late musician’s estate.

Alongside a host of musical rarities the upcoming box set also includes an 88-page book with essays and analysis, reproductions of those Fonotone labels and rare photographs donated by Jane C. Hayes — Fahey’s mother.

For more on the project click HERE.

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June 30, 2011 - Posted by | Blues, Folk, New News, New Releases, Video |

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for remembering John Fahey! I was privileged to interview him in the late 1990s for my bio of his friend, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson of Canned Heat. Fahey recalled that Wilson helped with the musicological aspects of his Charley Patton thesis for UCLA, and also taught him a great deal about Indian modes and scales.

    It was quite an experience to visit with Fahey; he was such a unique and brilliant artist. If you’re interested in reading his recollections of Wilson, I hope you’ll check out my book at http://BlindOwlBio.com. It contains many quotes from Fahey. Wilson was also a rather quirky character much like Fahey himself.

    Thanks again for this blog; it’s great to see these videos.

    Comment by Rebecca Davis | March 21, 2012 | Reply


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