AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR, the definitive collection

American Primitive Guitar is a fingerstyle guitar musical style originated in the United States in the late 1950s when John Fahey started to compose and record his famous and beautiful avant-garde and neo-classical compositions. Before John Fahey, country fingerpicking techniques were used primarily to accompany vocals, but from that moment on such musical technique began to acquire its own validity also in the context of purely instrumental compositions. Since then many other artists have contributed to the success of this fascinating music style, mixing together elements of country, folk and blues.

 

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John Fahey (1939 – 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar.

 

Inspired by a number of great works that I had the pleasure to listen in the recent times (including the beautiful new LP by Gwenifer Raymond which I reviewed a few weeks ago) I decided to create and start curating a new playlist on Spotify, fully dedicated to this unique and beautiful style of music. At the moment of its launch, the playlist already presents more than 3 hours of the best of American Primitive Guitar, including artists of the caliber of Jack Rose, Daniel Bachman, Mark Fosson, Glenn Jones, Leo Kottke and Michael Gulezian. All tracks have been carefully selected and arranged so that the playlist can be enjoyed both in sequential order and using the shuffle.

Listen to it and follow the playlist because new tracks are expected to be included, both from new artists and the historical masters of the genre.

Enjoy, and spread the word!

 


 

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