Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Wednesday, August 26, 2020


One of the most influential guitarists of the second half of the Twentieth century, John Fahey (1939-2001) combined the type of music he learned from old folk and blues 78s and modern classical composers such as Bartok and Ives.   He came in at number 35 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list.  Sadly, his life was not an easy one.  Poverty, three failed marriages, alcoholism, and ill health, including Epstein Barr Syndrome and diabetes all took their toll and he died while undergoing a sextyple coronary bypass just six days before his 62nd birthday.  He left us with some great music.

"Poor Boys Long Way from Home"

"Red Pony"

"Sunflower River Blues"

"On the Sunny Side of the Ocean"

"Sligo River Blues"

"Candy Man"

"How Green Was My Valley?"

"Desperate Man Blues"

"Wine and Roses"

"New Orleans Shuffle"

"Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt"

"Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King King Philip XIV of Spain"

"Summer Cat by My Door"

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Jerry, thanks for mentioning John. I've been a huge fan of his since THE YELLOW PRINCESS record; I met and talked with the man a couple of times in the '70s. I still listen to him and am still amazed. A real guitar hero to me!