20 Years Ago Today – American Primitive Guitar Great John Fahey Dies at 61 (Watch Live in Germany ’78)

20 years ago today (2/22/01), fingerstyle guitarist John Fahey passed away at age 61 two days after undergoing coronary bypass surgery. Fahey helped spearhead a blues-based fingerpicking style that can be heard prominently in a series of albums for his label, Takoma Records. His style has influenced a new era of players including M. Ward, Ryley Walker and Kaki King. Watch the master perform live in Germany in 1978…

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