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Died On This Date (February 27, 1986) Robbie Basho / Progressive Folk Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on February 27, 2010

Robbie Basho
August 31, 1940 – February 27, 1986

robbie-bashoRobbie Basho was a folk guitarist who is best remembered for his skills on the steel string guitar.  Unlike similar contemporaries like John Fahey, Sandy Bull and Leo Kottke, Basho generally incorporated elements of Indian, or raga music into his compositions. Over the course of his career, Basho released several albums on such respected labels as Vanguard, Windham Hill and Fahey’s Takoma.  On February 27, 1986, Robbie Basho died accidentally when a chiropractor’s adjustment ruptured blood vessels in his neck, causing him to die from a stroke.  He was 45.

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Died On This Date (February 22, 2001) John Fahey / Folk Guitar Legend

Posted by themusicsover on February 22, 2010

John Fahey
February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001

john-fahey John Fahey was an influential folk and blues guitarist who is revered for his minimalistic steel string finger-picking style of play.  Fahey bought his first guitar at the age of 13, and by the time he was 20, he was making his own recordings.  Besides his amazing guitar skill, what separated Fahey from most other musicians at the time, was that he started his own record label, Takoma Records through which to release while he was still just a teenager.  Through all this, Fahey continued his education, eventually earning a Master’s degree in folklore from UCLA.  As a musicologist, Fahey tracked down the long forgotten blues great, Bukka White whom he recorded and helped re-launch a career during the folk and blues revival of the early ’60s.  And he did the same for Skip James.  Fahey continued to release his own outstanding guitar-centric albums throughout the ’70s while helping to launch the careers of the likes of Leo Kottke, George Winston and Robbie Basho.  In recent years, he has been noted as a direct influence by such contemporary musicians as M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, and Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo.  Health and financial problems plagued John Fahey during his final years, and he was reportedly living out of cheap hotels until on February 22, 2001, he died following bypass surgery at the age of 61.

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Died On This Date (December 5, 2009) Jack Rose / Gifted Freak-Folk Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 5, 2009

Jack Rose
February 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009

Jack Rose was an acoustic guitarist and co-founder of the indie rock band, Pelt.  The band released a few EPs before Rose went off on his own, recording in a musical style reminiscent of John Fahey, Sandy Bull, and Robbie Basho.   In 2002, he released his first album on Eclipse Records, and then released several more LPs and EPs over the next seven years.  He also had a track on Devendra Banhart’s critically acclaimed freak folk compilation, Golden Apples of the Sun.  His records have been praised by such cutting edge media as The Wire and Pitchfork.  Rose recently finished his tenth album, Luck in the Valley, which is set for release in early 2010.  Jack Rose, 38, suffered a fatal heart attack on December 5, 2009.

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