“I was fifteen when I first discovered John Fahey – or more specifically his guitar playing. I wasn’t immediately hooked. It took me about six months to begin to appreciate what I was hearing. In particular one album ‘Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes’ had excellent pieces that were especially evocative. But for me ‘When The Catfish Is In Bloom’ from the Requia album proved to me beyond doubt that I was hearing the work of a genius, no matter how misemployed that word has become.
By 1978 I was well on my musical journey, and 33 years later, I am still on that journey. I still mostly play for myself but now more than ever, I am being encouraged to push myself forward into a world teeming with good to excellent fingerstyle guitarists, there to lay down my own gauntlet.
This website is the first step in that direction. I am perhaps known in the hard core Fahey style guitar community as the guy John chose to impersonate him on John Fahey Vol II 1963 – 1993. It was a tremendous honor but it’s time to move on.
Although I can play a lot of Fahey note for note, I have always felt free to improvise and create. In the coming months I will be working on an album of fresh pieces that I think showcase how far I have come. Some of them may already be heard via the store as downloadable sound files.
It’s been a long time in the making but I think it’s been worth the wait.