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Reverend Gary Davis

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Reverend Gary Davis - Blues Singer, guitar, harmonica (1896 - 1972) Reverend Gary Davis was simply one of the finest finger-pickers ever to play a guitar, a leading practitioner of the ragtime-imbued Piedmont school of blues. A vital source of early ragtime and country blues guitar, his innovative style reached beyond his time-frame, as a key influence for many folk and blues musicians of the ‘60’s. Born in 1896 in South Carolina, Gary Davis remained blind due to an accident while still a baby. Another accident later on in life left him with a broken wrist that never healed properly, and this might be the reason for his peculiar swinging finger-style guitar technique (Davis used his ‘Miss Gibson,’ large six-string guitar, tuned to an unusual E-B-G-D-A-E configuration that provided him with a more complex set of chords). He became a street musician in his native South Carolina where his guitar playing greatly impressed his contemporaries

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Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

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Linda Tillery at Freight and Salvage

Read "Linda Tillery  at Freight and Salvage" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Linda Tillery Freight and Salvage Coffee House Birthday Celebration Berkeley CA September 4, 2015 Seasoned San Francisco Bay Area vocalist Linda Tillery assembled a fine lineup of local musicians, including some decades old friends and a recent new one, to help celebrate her birthday and musical life. Tillery presented a ...

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Undead Jazz Festival: Day 3, June 25, 2011

Read "Undead Jazz Festival: Day 3, June 25, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Undead Jazz FestivalNew York, New YorkJune 23-26, 2011 Most jazz festivals in their later incarnations look for fancier, more illustrious places to play than they did at inception. The third night of the Undead Jazz festival momentarily ...

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Borneo Jazz 2011

Read "Borneo Jazz 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Borneo JazzMiri, Sarawak, BorneoMay 12-15, 2011 Borneo Jazz--known as the Miri International Jazz Festival for the previous five editions--has undergone a certain amount of rebranding in an effort to promote its growing stature as one of the leading jazz festivals in the region. This year the festival has increased from two to ...

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At Home and At Church 1962-1967

Label: Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
Released: 2010
Track listing: CD1: Twelve Sticks; Sally, Where'd You Get Your Liquor From?; Babylon Is Falling; What could I Do?; Children of Zion; Hesitation Blues; Candyman; Steal Away And Pray; Goin' To Chattanooga; Packing Up, Get Ready to Go; Untitled; You Cry Because I'm Leaving; Don't Let My Baby Catch You Here; Lord Let Me Live Longer; I Want To Be Saved; Waltz Time Candyman; Little Boy Who Made Your Britches; Talks About Verses Not Sung; C Rag; Two Step Candyman. CD2: Piece Without Words; Lord Search My Heart; Slippin' To My Gal Comes In Partner;Sun Is Going Down; Raise A Ruckus Tonight; Save Up your Money, John D. Rockefeller Put the Panic On; Soon My work Will All Be Done; You're Gonna Need King Jesus; I'm Going Back To Jesus; Blues In C; Saddle It Around; People Who Used To See; Italian Rag; Candyman; Nobody Don't Care For Me; Fox Chase; Talk On Blind Boy Fuller. CD3: Amazing Grace; Sermon; I'm A Soldier In the Army Of the Lord; Sermon; Lord, I Feel Like Just Goin' On; Steal Away; Can't Make This Journey By Myself; Sermon; I Will Overcome Someday; God Be With You; From the Mariposa Folk Festival: I Got Religion I'm So Glad; I'm A Soldier In the Army of the Lord.

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Rev. Gary Davis: At Home and At Church 1962-1967

Read "At Home and At Church 1962-1967" reviewed by David Rickert


The Rev. Gary Davis was, by all accounts, an incredible guitarist--one who influenced everyone from Taj Mahal to the Grateful Dead--who seemingly mastered everything he wanted to do with the instrument. However, over his long career he was recorded only sporadically, and most of his recordings have been released posthumously. Davis was more of a live ...

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The Guitar and Banjo of Reverend Gary Davis

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Maple Leaf Rag/ Low Drag aka Cincinnati Flow Rag/ The Boy was Kissing the Girl (and Playing the Guitar at the Same Time)/ Candy Man/ United States March aka Soldier's Drill/ Devil's Dream/ The Coon Hunt/ Mister Jim aka Walkin' Dog Blues/ Please Baby/ Fast Fox Trot/ Can't Be Satisfied

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Reverend Gary Davis: The Guitar and Banjo of Reverend Gary Davis

Read "The Guitar and Banjo of Reverend Gary Davis" reviewed by Derek Taylor


Calling Gary Davis a bluesman is something of a misnomer and it's a title he likely would have balked at, particularly in his younger years. The blues were but one facet of his far-reaching folk repertoire. Banjo tunes, string band numbers, Tin Pan Alley, and ragtime and gospel all fall under his fertile jurisdiction. In 1935 ...


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