The legendary English guitarist and a major influence on practically every fingerstyle acoustic guitarist for the past 50 years, Davey Graham, passed away on Monday of lung cancer which was detected only a few weeks ago. He was 68.
Speaking 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'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.