In his 40 year recording career, John Fahey composed and recorded a large, unique and vastly influential body of work. Before Fahey, there were no steel string guitar performances or recordings. The steel string guitar was heard in pop, folk, bluegrass and country music, but didn’t exist as a concert instrument in its own right. Early audiences were puzzled by the sight of a young man in a Brooks Brothers suit and tie, playing guitar but not singing. This puzzlement, however, soon gave way to rapt attention as Fahey spun out his classically-tinged compositions, taking the audience on a wordless and often dark emotional journey.