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Still Crazy After All These Years: Gary Higgins & Mark Fosson

Posted by Miss Ess, May 3, 2007 09:15pm | Post a Comment

gary higginsSpeaking of radical upcoming shows, did you know that underground heroes Gary Higgins and Mark Fosson are coming to town for their first San Francisco appearances, despite the fact that their records were made oh, about 30+ years ago?  Yes, they have been revived, thanks in part to the vigilant Zach Cowie in the case of Gary Higgins, and thanks to Mark Fosson's cousin Tiffany Anders in his case, each of whom rediscovered the records that never got their due: Mark Fosson's Lost Takoma Sessions and Gary Higgins' Red Hash, and managed to get them released on the illustrious Drag City Records

mark fosson the dakota sessions
Mark Fosson's songs were recorded for John Fahey's label in 1977 but were actually never released cause the label dissolved soon after.  It's super fitting that Fosson's record was gonna come out on Fahey's label cause he's a definite influence.  He plays the 12 string guitar and his songs are all instrumentals and beautiful! 

Gary Higgins' story is a little more complicated.  In 1973 he recorded his album Red Hash, put it out on his own label, promptly got arrested for pot possession and spent a couple of years in the pen; Thus he was unable to tour or promote the record, and thus the record made pretty much no mark on the world at large.  True to its title, Red Hash is definately a stoner folk record.  There's much hypnotic repetition, lots of hippie-isms and a lotta acoustic guitar hooks. 

So all this said, its pretty effin' great that the two of them are out on the road again performing to new audiences that have recently discovered songs the artists probably conceived before they were even born.  We here in Cali, the young and the old(er), will have several chances to check them out live at last, and they are even playing together in Santa Cruz:

Gary Higginsmark fosson

Friday, May 11
Santa Cruz, CA
The Attic
(w/ Mark Fosson)

Saturday, May 12
San Francisco, CA
Swedish American Hall
(w/ P.G. Six)gary higgins

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Mark Fosson
Friday,May 11
Santa Cruz, CA
The Attic (6:30pm)
(w/ Gary Higgins)

Saturday, May 12
Covina, CA
The Fret House (8pm)

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