Robbie Basho

By J Poet

Robbie Basho humbly billed himself as Father of the American Raga. He was one of the big three acoustic steel sting guitarists who rose up in the 60s – John Fahey and Leo Kottke were the other two – with a determination to expand the parameters of the instrument and destroy preconceived notions of what a solo guitarist can and can’t do. He’s not as well know as Fahey and Kottke, possibly because his music is deeper, darker and more challenging, incorporating Japanese, Classical Indian and Chinese scales, open tunings and rhythms adapted from Celtic, Medieval, Persian, Arab... Read More

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