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Tag: Leo Kottke

Surnames and Placenames: More Songs about Cities, Towns & People – 3

1. Velvet Underground, ‘Sweet Jane”;

2. Jimmie Rogers, ‘California Blues”;

3. Norma Waterson, ‘Song for Thirza”:
Sample here – http://www.last.fm/music/Norma+Waterson/_/Song+for+Thirza

4. Joni Mitchell, ‘Amelia’:

5. Elliott Smith, ‘Amity”:

6. Mark Lanegan, ‘Hit the City”:

7. Tim Hardin, ‘Shiloh Town”;

8. Gordon Lightfoot, ‘Alberta Bound”:

9. Stan Rogers, ‘Northwest passage’:

10. Howlin’ Wolf, ‘Louise”:

11. John Lee Hooker, ‘Maudie’:

12. Blossom Dearie, ‘I’ll take Manhattan’ (one of the great Lorenz Hart’s finest lyrics):

13. Will cheat here with two fine versions of the same song:
Leo Kottke, ‘Sonora Death Row”:

Robert Earl Keen, “Sonora Death Row’:

14. Paul Robeson, “Shenandoah”:

“In Christ there is no East or West- John Fahey

Have just recently discovered this great instrumental by the excellent American guitarist, John Fahey:

For comparison purposes, here is the version by one of the great guitarists of recent times, Leo Kottke (not as good as Fahey’s, I think, but still a fine performance, if a bit inclined to grand-standing):

To my mind, this belongs up there with ‘Anji’ as one of the great guitar tunes. Here’s the classic version by Bert Jansch:

And the original by Davy Graham: